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First Person
"The Road through Adolescence"
An essay by Rich Broderick

First Person
 “Saturdays with Pena”
Essay by Martin Russo

Alumni Association Angle
News from the University of Minnesota Alumni Association

Alumni Profile
Tiya Miles, natural scholar and genius; a social journalist to “like”; and other notable alumni

Gopher Sports
Basketball's Nicole Mastey, hockey's border-to-border domination, portrayals of female athletes, and more Gopher sports news

First Person: Right Angles Are Boring
How the Weisman inspired me to think, an essay by Christy DeSmith

The light within the blob, dial up the dialysis, and progress in ovarian cancer treatment

About Campus
The Kaler era begins, a schoolteacher's legacy, and don't let the bedbugs bite

Alumni Profile: Juan Ramirez
Juan Ramirez mentors eighth-grade students on business and biculturalism.

Alumni Association Angle
Health club for the mind, Outstanding Undergrads, network over breakfast, and more.

First Person: Human Tackling Dummy
"Human Tackling Dummy," by David Butwin

About Campus: Fall 2011
A $51 million boon to collaborative research, seasonal abundance on Church Street, and pedal power

Neighborliness saves lives, a down-to-earth discovery, and wealth by chance

2011 Gopher Football Preview
Everything you need to know about the dawn of a new era of Gopher football: Jerry and the Playmakers, Teamwork Well-Done, Kick-off Confidential
by Cynthia Scott

Fiction 2011
The winning story in Minnesota magazine's 12th annual fiction contest
"Leaving" by Kathleen Glasgow

First Person
“In the Shadow of Humphrey,”
Essay by Adam Wahlberg

Alumni Association Angle

Smoking causes immediate damage, prolonged parental support pays off, and bacteria holds promise as renewable petroleum.
Discoveries is edited by Cynthia Scott

Letters: Summer 2011
The gender barrier broken, food animal economics, medical legends, and more.

Gopher Sports: Triple Crowns
Tough love at Gopher football spring training, being mindful about women and concussions, and more!
Gopher Sports is edited by Cynthia Scott

About Campus
The U’s $8.6 billion impact, a change of tempo at Northrop, and in defense of academic freedom.

Alumni Profile: All Lit Up
Meghan Suszynski, Jamie Millard, and Regan Smith launch Paper Darts, a feisty literary magazine.
By Alyssa Ford

First Person: A Clean Break
Life was supposed to unfold and be fulfilling according to a neat and trusted plan.
But sometimes plans get a little messy.
Essay by Mary Winstead

Editor's Note: A Tweetable Moment
I joined the social network Twitter in January but have yet to “tweet”—to dispatch some important or clever thought to my 10 followers.
By Shelly Fling

President and CEO: Opportunity amid Change
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
By Phil Esten, Ph.D. '03

Letters: Spring 2011
Readers write: Farm facts and Win Wallin.

Discoveries: Spring 2011
Nature's carbon stores filling, more on Vitamin D, Stability vital in tropics, once again: tanning is dangerous, and three more.

Gopher Sports: Throwing Herself into the Job
Long-time Gopher throws coach Lynne Anderson, new football coach Jerry Kill, baseball is Metro-doomed, and more Gopher sports news.
By Cynthia Scott

About Campus
OMGoldy!, Wherefore Liberal Arts?, What Moos Stashed in His Boathouse, A Labor of Love, and more

Strauss Goes Hollywood
Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus (The Bat) may be a breezy delight for audiences, but it’s a strenuous workout for budding opera performers.
By Laura Silver

Alumni Profile
Don't Sweat the Big Stuff
By Cynthia Scott

Alumni Association Angle
The Galapagos Islands: What a Trip!, Imagine Defeating Alzheimer’s, Roots Soar at the Arboretum, Steep Funding Challenges Continue, An Awesome Opportunity, Talking about Human Rights,Summer School for Adults

About Campus
Queen bee, green campus, no more hangovers, and more.

Alumni Profile
From Potlucks to Press Passes
By Cynthia Scott

Alumni Association Angle - Winter 2011
Maintaining Hope, McNamara Addition Opens, Drawn to the Bell Museum, Ambassadors the Time is Now, Homecoming Painted the Town Gold, Awards Recognize Exceptional Alumni Service.

First Person - Winter 2011
Marxmen Remembering the Marx Brotherhood
Essay by Erik Lundegaard

President and CEO
How Did I Get Here?
—Phil Esten (Ph.D. ’03)

Editor’s Note
Commenters Anonymous
By Shelly Fling

National President
Are You Ready for the Challenges Ahead?
by Ertugrul Tuzcu (M.S. ’78)

About Campus - Fall 2010
Latest campus happenings and news

First Person: Campus Fugit
Campus Fugit: On not embracing a virtual U
Essay by Jeff Johnson

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Most recently submitted books with a U connection. See all our Bookmarks here

Lake Minnetonka Eats: Recipes from the Lake Area's Favorite Restaurants
By Tiffany Winter (B.S.B. '06)
Cooks Bay LLC, 2015

Features recipes and the stories/histories from 25 Lake Minnetonka restaurants and bakeries and beer pairings from Excelsior Brewing Company.

Off the Shelf: Citizen Swain

Claude: A Dog of the Sixties

By Katherine L. Holmes (M.A. '85)
Couchgrass Books, 2015

Perry has his own misadventures when the standard poodle Claude comes to his house.

Edgar Heap of Birds

By Bill Anthes, Ph.D. ' 00
Duke University Press, 2015

Analysis of Heap of Bird's art and politics in relation to Native American history, spirituality, and culture, the international art scene, and how his art critiques the subjugation of Native Americans.

The Three Musketeers of the Army Air Forces: From Fortress Europa to Hiroshima and Nagasaki

By Robert Harder (B.A. '66)
Naval Institute Press, 2015

While scores of books have been published about the atomic bombings that helped end World War II, little has been written about the personal lives and relationship of the three men that led the raids.


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Upcoming Alumni Events
See all our upcoming events here.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Recent Grads Happy Hour in Washington D.C.
Join recent grads in D.C. at Front Page, 1333 New Hampshire Ave., NW, for networking, happy hour, and food specials.
Info: or 301-509-4046

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Gophers vs. Purdue Football Game Watch in Los Angeles
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: The Standing Room, Hermosa Beach,  1320 Hermosa Ave
Cheer with fellow Gopher alumni, and enjoy happy hour pricing throughout the game.

Gopher Game Watch in Boca Raton
Gophers vs. Purdue - Kickoff TBA
Location: Duffy's Sports Grill, 21212 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton, FL
Info: Kirsten Charlson at

Gophers vs. Purdue Football Game Watch in Atlanta

Game Time: TBA
Location: Tin Roof Cantina, 2591 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta
Contact: Derek Behning,

Gophers vs. Purdue Football Game Watch in Chicago

Game Time: TBA
Location: Blackfinn Ameripub, River North, 65 West Kinzie St., Chicago
Contact: Sam Tan,

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Archived Department Articles

Gopher Sports - Mike Torchia
Taking Compassion in Stride
- Cynthia Scott

Bridging Islam and the West
The University of Minnesota’s Religious Studies Program and Institute for Global Studies, in collaboration with community and student groups, will sponsor Shared Cultural Spaces: Islam and the West in the Arts and Sciences, an international conference that will be held on campus February 24 through 26.
—Laura Silver

Discoveries - Winter 2011
Punching HIV, F for Alcohol, Hearing Test Flaws, and more.

Gopher Sports - Terra Rasmussen
Maroon and Gold Genes
By Alyssa Ford

The Accidental Memoirist
Alumna Michele Norris set out to record other families’ racial experiences but found her most poignant stories disconcertingly close to home.
By William Swanson

After Revolution, Fashion Evolution
Chinese fashions at the Goldstein Gallery
by Alyssa Ford

Alumni Profile: Her Art Is in the Right Place
Mary Pappajohn takes art to the people.
by Erin Peterson

Alumni Angle - Fall 2010
News and notes about your Alumni Association

Editor's Note - Links in the Food Chain
Links in the Food Chain
Poetry -- and wakefulness -- in the meat aisle.

Letters - Fall 2010
Readers write about autism, desegregation

Discoveries - Fall 2010
The latest research breakthroughs.

Gopher Football 2010 Preview
Our 2010 Gopher Football preview
By Rick Moore and Cynthia Scott

Discoveries - Summer 2010
Clarity on obesity and stroke, how love makes a difference, and electrifying insights into cells

First Person
“Good-bye, Brother,” an essay by Rich Broderick

Gopher Sports
Golden graduates Christine Tan and Barrett Moen

Arts & Events
Peter Rothstein directs Triumph of Love on the Minnesota Centennial Showboat.

Off the Shelf
Daughters of the Witching Hill, by Mary Sharratt

Alumni Profile
Eric Hanson helps bring back Vermont’s loons.

How to Win Friends -Fiction 2010
The winning entry in Minnesota magazine’s 11th annual fiction contest.
By Emily Beck Cogburn

Letters - Summer 2010
Readers comment on recent articles.

National President's Column
By Archie Givens (B.A. ’66, M.H.A. ’68)

Alumni Association Angle - Summer 2010

About Campus - Summer 2010
Up close with Katie Couric, farm campus for a day, and wrestling with a new challenge

First Person
When We Were Beautiful

What photos of our younger selves eternally portray.
An essay by Mike Finley

Arts & Events
"Women and Water" at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery

Letters - Spring 2010
From our readers

Editor's Note
Welcome to the Neighborhood

Off the Shelf
A People’s History of the Hmong

By Paul Hillmer
Reviewed by David Mahoney

Alumni Association Angle
New CEO, alumni award winners, alumni advocacy, benefits updates, and much more.

Alumni Profile: Olympic Spirit
Janet Carpenter's Olympic Spirit

National President's Column
The State Needs a Strong U
by Archie Givens (B.A. '66, M.H.A. '68)

An Idea Grows in Brooklyn
Alumnus Jeff Hnilicka has planted sustainable food practices in the world of art.
By Danny LaChance

Aaron Fortunato: All-Around Guy
Gopher Gymnastics "workhorse" Aaron Fortunato.

Kelci Bryant: Aiming for New Heights
Gopher and Olympic Diver Kelci Bryant.

About Campus - Spring 2010
News, Views and more from around the Twin Cities campus.

CO2 reconsidered, new meaning of streaming, casual sex, puberty and butterflies and more.

National President
What Really Matters
By Archie Givens

Editor's Note
The Interview
By Shelly Fling

About Campus - Winter 2010
News and views of campus
Edited by Cynthia Scott

Alumni Association Angle
News, events, and benefits of the Alumni Association

Chief Executive Officer
One Last Salute to the U
By Margaret Sughrue Carlson

From our readers

Chief Executive Officer - Fall 2009
Bruininks Was Right All Along
By Margaret Sughrue Carlson

Alumni Association Angle
The 2009 annual celebration in photos, honoring exceptional students, CEO to retire, and a great new member benefit

National President
It's Time to Come Home
By Archie Givens

Editor's Note - Fall 2009
Happy to Be Home
By Shelly Fling

Letters - Fall 2009
Our readers write.

About Campus - Fall 2009
Students get their solar house in order, knitting for the common good, Itasca turns 100, and saluting Latin.

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Campus Events Highlights

Steelroots Exhibition
An exhibition of 16 large root-shaped metal sculptures by acclaimed Pennsylvania artist Steve Tobin.
Till Jan. 13, 2012

University of Minnesota Farmers Market
Will run 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. every Wednesday
Till October 5

China Insights: Unsettling Consequences
Brings together the work of seven photographers
Till August 25

2011 Program in Religious Studies Summer Workshop: Anticipating Apocalypse
August 18

Open house at UMore Park
Education made fun!
August 18

"Prescription Overload: Managing Meds"
New approaches on how to deal w/ multiple medications
August 21

Vines & Victuals
MN wine and food pairings
August 25

Etiquette Dinner
Keep an eye out for when registration opens at the end of August
Sept. 22

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