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DC Chapter Slovenian Embassy Reception
Join Washington, D.C., area alumni for a holiday reception at the Embassy of Slovenia.

Author Reading in Seattle: Just Mercy
Join fellow U of M alumni and friends to hear from and meet author Dorothy Van Soest, MSW '75, author of Just Mercy.


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New Name for Hospital
U of M Children's Hospital has been renamed in honor of the Masonic Charties, which has given more than $125 million to the University.

Budget Action
Regents approve new budget, legislative request.

Student Success, Health and Economy
Proposed U budget places student success, a healthy state, and a strong economy at the forefront.

A $25M Gift
Land 'O Lakes Foundation commits $25 million, mostly for student-athlete facilities.

We're Number One!
U of M-Twin Cities tops the Forbes list of 'rising star" colleges with greatest rise in ranking.

Alumni, Give Yourselves a Hand
Alumni support of the U of M is at record levels. See the details here.

A Tobacco-Free Zone
Twin Cities campus goes entirely tobacco-free beginning July 1. Find out what that means here.

A $3.6 Billion Budget
Administrative cuts and $240 million in facility upgrades are key features

Going Green (Line LRT)
LRT begins serving the Minneapolis campus beginning Saturday, June 14.

More Administrative Cuts
The U's FY15 budget proposes another $20 million in administrative savings, on top of this year's $15 million in cuts.

Frozen: In-State Tuition
For the second year in a row, in-state undergrad tuition will not change in 2014-15.

Recycled Iron Pour
U Art Department's 45th Iron Pour used recycled Northrop radiators to create it's fiery material.

"Ultra-Tech" Nano Lab

The U unveiled it's new physics building April 24, the U of M Nanotechnology Center.

New National Champ
U of M gymnast Ellis Mannon won the NCAA pommel horse title in April.

Big Bang Ripples

U researcher helps find origins of the Big Bang

Grand Challenges
Read the text of President Kaler's State of the U address.

Great Grappling

U of M wins the National Duals title as the best wrestling team in the NCAA--for the third year in a row.

An Excellent Class
Gopher football recruits raise the bar for the future.

Safe on Campus
University launches multi-pronged safety initiative in wake of high-profile crimes near campus.

Keep Them in School

U initiative seeks to keep low-income students in school after first year.

A Gopher Hockey Flavor
The US women's hockey team boasts five Gophers on its roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The men's team features four Gopher alumni.

110-Ton Magnet Pulls in Researchers
The world's most powerful magnet is drawing brain researchers to the U.

Sweet 16 Again
Gopher volleyball will play in the NCAA final 16 for the fifth consecutive year.

Minnesota is Golden
The U of M alumni magazine again named best publication in its class in Minnesota.

Big Population Boost

U of M earns $3.2  million NIH grant to expand population 'microdata' available for scientific research.

New Northrop Emerging
Just months from completion, Northrop Auditorium is being completely re-engineered.

Gopher football beats Nebraska; hockey, volleyball, soccer also victorious in a great weekend.

Ten Cool Things
Take a video tour of 10 interesting stops around the Twin Cities campus.

U of M Alumnus Awarded Nobel Prize
Lars Peter Hansen (Ph.D. '78) awarded 2013 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences; former faculty member Robert Shiller also cited.

A Prudent Call

The New York Times weighs in on football coach Jerry Kill's decision to take a leave to treat his epilepsy. Read the release here.

Pushing Science
U's 2014 capital request is all about STEM.

Edina Represents
Edina residents have long dominated Alumni Association leadership.

Grad Rates Soar
See a UMNews video touting recent gains in graduation rates and how the U is "pushing for more."

Commitment to Cutting
President Eric Kaler $90 million in new administrative savings.

No Smoking, Indoors and Out
University prepares to implement a campus-wide smoking ban, indoors and out

Smaller and Better
U researchers have found an efficient method to make electronics even smaller.

Welcome Week
U of MN welcomes new and returning students to campus with a series of events

Coach Kill's Teachable Moment
Football coach turns his public seizure into an education campaign.

Dinkytown Project Approved
Minneapolis council okays controversial multi-use project. 

Homecoming Grand Marshal Named
Andrea Hjelm will serve as the 2013 grand marshal

Building a Request
U releases bonding wish list for 2014.

Solar Breakthrough
U researchers pioneer method to create inexpensive, effective solar cells

Are you Ready for Some Football?
Report on Gophers at Big Ten Media Day; practice opens Aug. 2

Solar Unveiling
U's latest solar car makes its public debut.

A Welcoming Climate
U of M ranked as most LGBT-friendly campus

Kaler in China
U President describes his 11-day, 5-city trip to meet alumni and business leaders.

$190M in Athletics Facilities Envisioned
Gopher sports needs assessment seeks to raise all funds privately,

Diversity, Equity, and Access
President Kaler reaffirms U stance in wake of Supreme Court affirmative action case.

Tuition is Frozen
New state funds mean U can keep undergraduate tuition from rising next year.

Mind-Controlled Flying Robot!

It's almost as weird as it sounds. U of M research leads to a flying vehicle controlled by thoughts.

$12.3 Million for CFANS
Surprise bequest will provide scholarships and fellowships.

Class Size: 17,000
A U of M massive, open, online course (MOOC) draws quite a crowd.

A Better Budget
MN lawmakers give U enough new funds to freeze tuition. Read what business leaders think here.

Vikings on Campus
Pro football team will play 2014-15 seasons at TCF Bank Stadium.

A Smoke-Free Campus?
President leaning toward a ban on smoking across the entire campus, inside and out.

U Poised to Lead Brain Research

Obama initiative to attack Alzheimer's, epilepsy, and more. 

Senate Bill Would Freeze U Tuition
Funding bill also includes oversight and performance goals.

AD Norwood Teague visits alumni chapter

Discusses state of Gopher sports and the Big Ten

New Alumni CEO Named
Lisa Lewis comes to UMN from UConn.

A Pitino to the Gophers
Reports indicate son of Rick Pitino will be next men's basketball coach.

No More Tubby Time
U mens basketball coach removed after six seasons.

Filling the GAP
U's Growth Accelerator Program boosting small businesses.

Opportunities to Improve
U staffing report mostly good news, but contains areas for improvement.

Toward a Cure for MD
Stem cells regenerate muscles in mice in U research

U Plans to Revamp Grad Programs
Focus will be on strongest and promising new programs.

Kaler Touts Progress, vision
Second State of the U address for new president looks back, ahead.

U to Offer Free Online Courses
New partnership will extend the University's reach.

Vikings plan to play on campus for two years while new stadium is built.

Year Round School Gets a Test
Two programs in the College of Design will pilot Pres. Kaler's idea for year-round programs.

Breast Cancer Breakthrough
U research finds enzyme mutation behind most forms of the disease.

Goldy Is a Go!
Fundraising is complete for Goldy statue in front of Coffman.

Goldy's Gold
Goldy win UCA Mascot of the year competition for second time in three years.

Antibacterial Lakes
Common soap ingredient is filling MN lakes, according to U study.

Kaler Pledges Accountability, Responsiveness
U President responds to legislative calls for information on administrative spending.

U Exceeds Legislative Goals
Five state goals set for the U were all met and exceeded in 2011-12.

Kaler: Criticism short-sighted
U President takes on recent WSJ article and Washington Post opinion criticizing U administrative costs.

Research Ranking Stable
University still ranked eighth for most research in the US.

Education at U Too Costly?
Worrisome drop in poor and middle-income students at U

International U
U students study abroad and international students come to the U in large numbers

Administrative Trim
Office of Academic Administration eliminated.

Great Alum Gore Gives $10 Million
Robert Gore, inventor of Gore-Tex, funds expansion of Amundson Hall. More about Gore here.

Greener Grass
U research is aiming at drought-resistant lawns.

Nobel for UMD
Duluth grad Brian Kobilka shares Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Internet at the Speed of Light?
U invention may lead to using light rather than electricity for computing and processing.

Social Lives of Plants
Interconnectedness and diversity of plants is the single largest factor in a a healthy ecosystem, U research finds.

Get Smart (Grid)
U expert Massoud Amin answers 10 question about improving electrical grid reliability and efficiency. Read "Power to the People" our 2005 profile of Amin here.

Making Fracking Cleaner

U research into purifying hydraulic fracturing waste water gets the go-ahead.

Must See
A mesmerizing video of U student's 40,000-piece K'nex 'machine'

U chemist named one of 10 great young scientists.

All About the ROI
President Kaler talks about the U's huge return for state investment. Plus a Minnesota Business feature on the biz of higher ed.

A New Hope
U study finds increased food production and environment can go hand-in-hand.

Don't Believe the Hype

More immunizations equal less disease, says editorial by U doctors.

Rethinking Dinner
U studies that link family dinners to positive outcomes may have failed to take other factors into account.

True Costs Investigated
The U investigates what it really costs to educate a student.

A for All?
Chemistry prof Chris Cramer argues that there are too many As in some disciplines. 

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