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Tokyo Chapter Celebrates 30 Years
See photos from the 30th anniversary celebration of the Tokyo, Japan, Chapter


Pointing and Clicking for the Real World
U of M entrepreneur alumni and students--from linguists to electrical engineering--connect to create a remote control wrist band "for the real world."


Alumna Maria Schneider wins three Grammys
School of Music alumna Maria Schneider's latest record "Winter Morning Walks" won three GRAMMYs, including the prizes for classical composition and classical vocal solo album.


New Safety Initiatives on the Twin Cities Campus
Learn about the initiatives being made to make the Twin Cities a safer campus.


U Grads Grace the Guthrie Stage
The world-famous Guthrie stages brim with holiday fun—and U of M alumni.


Minnesota is Golden
Add five more awards to Minnesota magazine's award-winning resume!


Showboat Trivia
What was determined to be the cause of the fire that destroyed the original Minnesota Centennial Showboat?


Gmail Users: Keep "Tabs" on Us!
Gmail has recently changed it's inbox. With one simple step, you can be sure you won't miss Alumni Association news, events, and offers.


June 2013 Alumni Trivia
What well-known Minnesota author and radio host began his radio career broadcasting classical music on the U of M's WMMR radio station as a student in the early 1960s?


May 2013 Trivia
Considered one of the University's quirkier traditions, the U of M's "shoe tree" is located near the southwest corner of the Washington Avenue Bridge. The tree's branches are loaded with the shoes of University alumni who tossed their kickers into the tree to celebrate what event?


April 2013 Trivia
On March 24, the U of M women’s hockey team wrapped up an unblemished season with their second straight national championship! The team continued to pad a number of ongoing records including 41 victories in one season and zero losses in a season. Which Big Ten institution previously held both of these records?


Lisa Lewis Named UMAA CEO
The University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) Board of Directors named Lisa Lewis president and chief executive officer at its April 6 meeting. Lewis is currently the executive director of the University of Connecticut Alumni Association. She will join the UMAA on May 31.


UMAA Student Award Recipients Named
Recipients of UMAA-funded student leadership awards were named today.


March 2013 Alumni Trivia
Folwell Hall, named for the University's first president William Watts Folwell, is on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing element to the Historic Knoll District on the U of M's East Bank campus. The iconic campus building has two fireplaces that still remain. How many ornamental chimneys can be found on Folwell Hall?


February 2013 Trivia Question
Two Democratic candidates for the U.S. presidency attended the University of Minnesota. Both men also served as U.S. vice president. Name these two U of M alumni.


January 2013 Trivia
January 2013 Trivia Question
Appointed the University of Minnesota's first dean of women in 1907, identify the woman for whom residence halls and/or scholarship programs are named at three higher education institutions including the U of M, Smith College, and Radcliffe College.


Legislative Briefing Report
Read about and see images of the 2013 Legislative Briefing


December 2012 Trivia
Question: The origin of Dinkytown’s name is much-debated, but talks with long-time residents and tenants reflect a recurring theme for how the eclectic neighborhood, bordering the U of M East Bank campus on the northeast, got its name. Many believe it stems from the days when trolleys and rail cars were a common sight in the area. What were the vehicles also called that may have led to the neighborhood’s identity as Dinkytown?


Our 2013 New Year Rouser
See our 2013 New Year Greet - "A New Year Rouser"


Snow Day!


October 2012 Trivia
Pictured here forming the "M" during the 1953 Homecoming football game in Memorial Stadium, name this U of M student group known for their precision card formations from the student section.


Alumni Association to honor top individual, groups, programs
The University of Minnesota Alumni Association will honor its outstanding alumni volunteers, groups and programs Thursday, Oct. 11 at the 2012 Alumni Awards Celebration.


Give Goldy a Home Campaign Underway
An effort to place a statue of Goldy in front of Coffman Union got underway in September.


Carlson Named 2012 Homecoming Grand Marshal
Margaret Sughrue Carlson, former chief executive officer of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, will serve as grand marshal for the University’s 2012 Homecoming parade, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12.


An Alumni Message from President Eric Kaler, '82
A fall message from Eric W. Kaler, Ph.D. '82, president of your University of Minnesota.


July 2012 Trivia
July 2012 Trivia Question
What popular activity and game-day tradition got its start at the U of M in 1898—initiated by student Johnny Campbell and his fellow "yell leaders"?


June 2012 Trivia
Q: Aside from the World War II years when female student musicians filled slots in the University of Minnesota Marching Band, women were not allowed to play in the band until what year?


2012-13 Alumni Association Accomplishments


May 2012 Trivia
Q: What influential businessman and politician secured land-grant status for the U of M in 1867 and later donated funds for a science building on the University’s East Bank campus that is named in his honor?


April Trivia
Q: In what year did U of M graduates Warren Clark Eustis and Henry Martyn Williamson receive the University's first bachelor of arts degrees?


NIT Pep Rally in NYC
The pep rally at Irish Times in New York is underway!


March Trivia
Q: Prior to evolving into Minnesota magazine, what was the name of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association publication when it was first published in 1901?


February Trivia
Q: The University of Minnesota's regents seal displays four symbols and a Latin motto that means “a common bond for all the arts.” Two of the symbols are the antique lamp representing the metaphysical sciences and the plow for the industrial arts. What are the other two symbols on the seal?


January 2012 Trivia
Q: The U of M's Twin Cities campus ranks among the top in the Big Ten for National Merit Scholars in its current freshman class. How many first-year Gophers are National Merit Scholars?


December Trivia Winners
It's an easy one this month. One-hundred-seven of the 110 members who guessed got it right!

Q. What is the name of the U of M President's Residence?


Happy New Year 2012!
See our New Year greeting here.


November Trivia Winners
November 2011 Trivia Question:
The University of Minnesota Libraries house the world's largest collection of materials related to what fictional London detective?


Minnesota Is Golden
Minnesota, the magazine of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, won five awards, including three golds, at the 15th annual Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association (MMPA) Publishing Excellence Awards event November 3.


October Trivia Winners
October 2011 Trivia Question:
In which year’s Homecoming halftime show were Mallard ducks released to celebrate Minnesota Conservation and Sportsmanship?


Former Faculty Share Nobel Prize
Two former University of Minnesota Department of Economics faculty – Thomas Sargent of New York University and Christopher Sims of Princeton University – have been awarded the 2011 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences


Alumni Halftime Interviews
Click the link above to listen to Mp3 interviews with distinguished alumni, interviewed at halftime of Gopher football games.


September Triva Winners
September 2011 Trivia Question:
President Eric W. Kaler is only the second U of M alumnus to serve as University president. Who was the first alumnus to hold the office?


Alumni and Others Welcome President Kaler
See the video shown at the inauguration, featuring alumni, students and others welcoming Eric Kaler, Ph.D. '82, as president.


August Trivia Winners
August 2011 Trivia Question:
What is the name of the student-run organic farm on the St. Paul campus?


July Trivia - Open-Heart Surgery 1954
Who performed the world’s first successful open-heart surgery using cross-circulation in 1954 at the University of Minnesota’s former Variety Club Heart Hospital?


Alumni Hearts and Hammers
Sign up to join University of Minnesota Alumni Association CEO Phil Esten, National Board Members, and fellow alumni for Spring day of service.. The Alumni Association is proud to be partnered with Hearts and Hammers for their 2011 Spring Programming Day, Saturday, May 21.


Trivia - Murray Warmath
In what year did Murray Warmath take the Gopher Football team from last place to first place in the Big Ten?


Tickets on Sale for Annual Celebration
Tickets are on sale now for the University of Minnesota Alumni Association Annual Celebration on Tuesday, May 3. A cocktail reception followed by a special program in Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis, will celebrate the university, its alumni and outgoing university President Robert Bruininks.  


March Trivia - Founder's Day
The University of Minnesota recently celebrated its birthday. On what date in 1851 did the territorial legislature draft a charter for the University of Minnesota?


Alumni CEO Esten Named One of 40 Under 40
Phil Esten, president and chief executive officer of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, was recently named to Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” list – an annual list that honors some of the Twin Cities' top young business and civic leaders.


Heather Faulkner Hired as U of M Alumni Association Vice President
The University of Minnesota Alumni Association announced today that Heather Faulkner has been named vice president for strategic communications and brand management.


Alumni Association Board Speaks Out for U Funding
The state of Minnesota has a responsibility to maintain its 160-year investment in the University of Minnesota, argues the University of Minnesota Alumni Association National Board of Directors in a strongly worded call to action sent to key legislators and governor Mark Dayton.


Trivia - Heritage Gallery
The Heritage Gallery in the McNamara Alumni Center is a permanent exhibit that pays tribute to the accomplishments of the University and its alumni, students and faculty. As you enter the gallery, you pass under what reconstructed piece of University history?


Maturi's Message: Gopher Athletics Budget Sound
Read Athletic Director Joel Maturi's monthly message to fans discussing the progress of Gopher Athletics budget.


January Trivia - Scholars Walk
Which U of M professor first suggested building the Scholars Walk as a way to mark the University's 150th anniversary and as the first permanent, prominent memorial for the U' s award-winning faculty & students?


Hundreds Turn out to Support the U
Hundreds of 2011 U of M Legislative Briefing attendees heard from speakers about the legislative outlook and had photos taken to help deliver their graphic 'because' message.


December Trivia Winners Announced
December 2010 Trivia Question: What was the original name of the U of M school song known as Minnesota Fight?
See the answer and our winners by clicking on the headline.


Snowmageddon
See our slide show of the campus digging out from 17 inches of snow.


A November to Remember
November 2010 will go down as one of the most remarkable in recent University of Minnesota history, with big news in administration, students, research and athletics.


November Trivia Winners Announced
An appropriate November Trivia Question: What is the meaning of the Sioux battle cry "Ski" used in the beginning of the famous Minnesota phrase Ski-U-Mah? See answer and winners by clicking the headline.


October Trivia Winners Announced
What is the name of the English instructor who chose Maroon and Gold as the U of M's school colors in the late 1870's?


Alumni Association Kicks off Strategic Planning Process
Sept. 15 - The University of Minnesota Alumni Association asks alumni, students and friends to weigh in and help form the association’s new direction.


U of M Writers Series Announced


September Trivia Winners Announced, and History of Old Main
Folwell Hall was built to replace which University building that burned down in 1904?
Click the title to see the answer and our winners.


William Albert Allard: Five Decades, a Retrospective
By William Albert Allard (B.A. '64)
National Geographic Books, 2010






Maroon and Gold's Finest
The University of Minnesota Alumni Association will honor its outstanding alumni volunteers, groups and programs Wednesday, Sept. 29 at the 2010 Alumni Awards Celebration in the McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis. The event begins with a 5:30 p.m. reception, followed by a 6 p.m. dinner and program.


Bruce Mooty to Be Honored with ASA
Bruce Mooty, past-president of the Alumni Association, will earn the U's highest honor for volunteerism on September 29.


Alumni Website Named "Site of Excellence"
The Web Marketing Association (WMA) honored the University of Minnesota Alumni Association Web site with an Education Standard of Excellence Award this week.


Berglin, Huntley named Alumni Association 2010 Legislators of the Year
Pair honored for support of medical education at Aug. 24 U of M Alumni Association national board
meeting


August Trivia Winners
In what year did Coffman Memorial Union first open its doors as a place for students to gather and socialize?


Sculptures in the Rain
Alumni Association staffers stopped off in Des Moines this summer to shoot photos and video of the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture park ... and got caught in a rainstorm.


June Trivia Winners Announced
In what year was William Watts Folwell inaugurated as the first president of the University of Minnesota? See the answer and our June winners here.


Minnesota Named Best Alumni Magazine
University of Minnesota Alumni Association magazine earns top national recognition. Minnesota magazine honored for “strong and varied story selection and willingness to engage with major issues”


Mascot Matchmaker: Love Was in the Air?
See video and read about our first ever Mascot matchmaker speed-dating event for alumni under 34.


Alumni Past President Named to U Presidential Search Committee
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents appointed a search advisory committee, which includes the Alumni Association's immediate past-president Bruce Mooty, as it begins the search for the 16th president of the university.


Good as Gold: Minnesota Named Best Alumni Magazine
Minnesota magazine, the member magazine of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, has been named best college alumni magazine of its size.


May Trivia Winners Announced
Congratulations to our May Alumni Trivia winners for answering the question:  What is the meaning of the Latin motto, "omnibus artibus commune vinculum," found on the University of Minnesota Regents Seal?


Ertugral Tuzcu Elected Alumni President
Ertugrul Tuzcu has been elected volunteer national president of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association for 2010-11.


Goodbye Finals, Hello Freedom
See Alumni Association student intern Steph Roebuck's visual tribute to the last day of Spring Semester.


Katie Couric Speaks at Alumni Annual Celebration
Read intern Stephanie Roebuck's account of Katie Couric's appearance at the 2010 Annual Celebration, plus, see photos and video of the event. - NEW: See video of program highlights.


News from the U
New Alumni Association videos, plus photos, U headlines, sports, events and more, all selected to keep alumni up to date. Updated daily! - Archived May 12


Four Major Awards for U Faculty
Four of the most prestigious awards in their fields were awarded to University of Minnesota professors in the last three weeks.


April Trivia winners announced
Congratulations to our April Trivia contest winners!


Fourteen Great Teachers Honored
Fourteen of the University's top teaching professors were honored with 2009-10 Distinguished Teaching Awards Monday, April 26. See more here.


MN Cup Open for Competition
The Minnesota Cup, a statewide business-idea competition supported by the University of Minnesota, is asking Minnesota entrepreneurs and inventors to submit their breakthrough business ideas by May 21, 2010.


She's the Champ
Kelci Bryant won the NCAA 3-meter diving title Friday, March 19. Read our profile and see exclusive video.


Phil and Mark's Excellent Video
See video and read the updates from Alumni Association CEO Phil Esten as he went on the road to Milwaukee and the Gophers' first-round NCAA Tournament Game.


Fan Events Set for Milwaukee
Official Gopher fan events are set for before the Gophers take on Xavier in the NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament. A travel package from the Twin Cities is also available.


U Gets $89.7 Million in Bonding
Gov. Tim Pawlenty line-item vetoed another $10.7 million in projects.


Phil Esten Named New Alumni CEO
Phil Esten, Ph. D. '03, an associate athletics director at the University, has been named new University of Minnesota Alumni Association CEO.


Minnesota Winter Issue Released
The winter 2010 Minnesota features Margaret Sughrue Carlson, SweeTango, history, sports, discoveries, and more.


2009 Legislators of the Year Honored
Senators Sandra Pappas and Claire Robling were named University of Minnesota Alumni Association 2009 Legislators of the Year at the association’s national board meeting on December 5, 2009.


News From the U - Nov. 19
Anatomy video, strong giving and traveling, a bowl poll, Daily headlines, current news, events, quotes, sports, photos and more.


Minnesota Wins Writing Awards
Minnesota magazine won three of the top writing awards at the 2009 Minnesota Magazine and Publications Association annual Publishing Excellence Awards event.


News from the U - Nov. 6
Research news, quotes, Daily headlines, upcoming events, a bowl berth looms, images from Homecoming and more.


News From the U
Celebrating Borlaug, a smashing open house success, alumni award winners, dope-free hemp, photos and more.


Researchers Aim for Dope-Free Marijuana
Research has identified the genes that produce the psychoactive substance in marijuana, creating the possibility that scientists can find a way to silence them and engineer a drug-free plant for hemp fiber and oil.


U Seeks Cold-Climate Kiwi


U Economist Sees Revenue-Neutral Health Care Reform


News from the U - September 15
September 15 - Game Day in pictures and video, passing of the U's graduate of the century, flu and fruit, upcoming events and more.


News from the U
September 10 - Back to school rally in photos, fewer test animals, upcoming events and the importance of finding nothing.


News from the U
September 2 - Winning wine, Central Corridor update, upcoming events and fall sports that are not football.


News From the U
August 25 - A magnetic groundbreaking, upcoming events, campus art and architecture photos, and more.


News from the U
August 18 - Bioethicists call for health care reform, concerns about campus light rail persist, football gets underway, a med- student clown, photos of the week and more.


Alumni Association Kicks off 2009-2010 Statewide Speakers Tour
The 2009-10 UMAA Statewide Speakers' Tour will focus on children’s health and the upcoming University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.


Stadium Update: Out in the Open
The U makes sure its neighbors weigh in on stadium concerns. From the May-June 2009 issue of Minnesota magazine.


Stadium Update: Honoring Service and Sacrifice
When the Gophers return to campus this fall in the new TCF Bank Stadium, the University of Minnesota will be restoring more than just the tradition of on-campus football. They’ll also be renewing their commitment to honor veterans. From the March-April 2009 issue of Minnesota magazine.


Stadium Update: Going for the Green
Forget the old adage that good things come in small packages. When the 50,000-seat TCF Bank Stadium opens in September 2009, it will be one of only a handful of LEED-certified stadiums in the country, that is, a green stadium. From the January-February issue of Minnesota magazine.


Stadium Update: Tribal Tribute
Lofty both in design and significance, a tribute to Minnesota’s Native communities—plans for which were unveiled at the Board of Regents meeting in September—will grace the main entrance to TCF Bank Stadium. From the November-December 2008 issue of Minnesota magazine.


Stadium Update: Marching Home
No matter how you measure it, 117 years is a long time to go without a permanent home. For more than a century, the University of Minnesota Marching Band has had to share its rehearsal facility. From The September-October 2008 issue of Minnesota magazine.


  

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