Chancellor’s Message



Aerial views offer a glimpse at the significant changes that have taken place on campus. This photo was taken in 1958.

Greetings Alumni and Friends,

This issue of the BRIDGE takes a look back at our campus. The photos in our feature “Campus Memories” illustrate how much and sometimes how little UMD has changed. It’s a fitting topic, as UMD turned 120 years old this year.

chancellor blackThe aerial photo above tells the story of UMD’s strong history of growth and achievement. We’ve come a long way from our beginnings in 1895 as a teachers college. UMD now provides 85 undergraduate majors, 69 undergraduate minors, 25 graduate programs, medical school and pharmacy programs, and two doctoral programs offered exclusively at UMD.

We are so proud of our alumni. Their accomplishments have enriched the world in a myriad of ways. Consider a few of our notable alumni: scientist on the Manhattan Project Nate Ballou ’41, former president and CEO of maurices Joel Labovitz ’49, internationally renowned cookbook writer Bea Ojakangas ’56, former CEO of a computer circuit board prototype rm James I. Swenson ’59, long-time Washington lawyer and lobbyist Mike Berman ’61, former Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota Yvonne Prettner Solon ’79/’81, and 2012 Nobel Prize recipient in chemistry Brian Kobilka ’77.

Our students’ recent successes also tell the story of a campus rooted in strong classroom and real-world experiences. This past year, theatre students earned six of the 14 merit-based awards and prizes at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Students in the cultural entrepreneurship program helped create an international group to provide young entrepreneurs with networking opportunities. Students from thnancial markets program earned first place in the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute’s Midwest annual research challenge event, and mechanical and industrial engineering students won the Midwest Space Grant High Power Rocketry Competition.

The accomplishments of these alumni, students, and tens of thousands more, show us that the story of UMD is one of hard work, determination, and courage. Enjoy the campus memories, and join me in congratulating students, faculty, staff, and alumni as we celebrate 120 glorious years.

Thank you again for your generosity and support. You make UMD the university it is today.

Chancellor Lendley C. Black

Top photo: The Bagley Outdoor Classroom