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Memories: Campus Photos

Campus Memories

Photos transport us back in time and remind us how far we’ve come. We hope these images make you smile, feel a little nostalgic, or search for your photo album. We’d love to hear your campus memories. Share them with us at alumni@d.umn.edu.

Dining Center

Photo above: UMD’s Residence Hall Dining Center opened in July 1974. During the 2014–15 school year, Dining Services employed over 250 student workers.

“I worked at the Dining Center all four years I was at UMD. One day, my best buddy Ed and I made a 15-egg omelet that basically covered the whole grill and loaded it with everything we could find from the salad bar. This omelet filled an entire D.C. tray, and he and I, being the starving college students we were, absolutely devoured that massive beast-of-an-egg creation in 10 minutes!” – Jim Pichler ’92, South Range, Wis., Computer Engineering

Kirby Student Center

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At one time, UMD held Cap and Gown Day in May, prior to commencement. Seniors dressed in caps and gowns and processed into Kirby Ballroom for speeches, award presentations, and a reception.

“I was the first one in my family to graduate from college, so it was an important moment for us. I was already married to Ed Alspach. He had his graduation ceremony in Old Main in 1956. Ed was home from serving in the Air Force during my senior year, but I still had to move into and help run the UMD-owned mansion on Fifth Street with the other home economics students. ”– Ellie (Elourine) Alspach ’62, Duluth, Minn., Home Economics

Bagley Nature Area

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Since 1951, Bagley Nature Area has attracted runners, hikers, and cross-country skiers

“It was midterms and stress was high. A good rain seems to wash away just about anything, so my roomie and I decided to run through Bagley. As we ran, we splashed through giant mud puddles. When we exited our private oasis, a driver slowed down to stare; we were covered in mud. The driver behind him wasn’t watching the road either, and the result was a fender bender. Now my former roommate and the driver of the second car are happily married, with three lovely daughters. ” – Sara Joy Jespersen ’00, Minneapolis, Minn. Exercise Science

Sieur du Lhut Sculpture

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The Sieur du Lhut sculpture, by French artist Jacques Lipchitz, was unveiled in Ordean Court on Nov. 5, 1965.

“It was a cold, chilly, day, and there were many people there in anticipation of the unveiling, because no one had seen the Sieur du Lhut sculpture. It was covered with a big cloth. The time came, and they tugged on a rope, but the cloth was stuck! They had to get long poles to lift the curtain, and when people could see the sculpture, everyone applauded. ” – Bill Shipley ’66, Duluth, Minn., Studio Art and Art History

American Indian Pow Wow

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Over the years, UMD has hosted more than two dozen American Indian pow wows. The photo, featuring dancer Vince Cody in the center, is from the mid-1970s.

“When I was an undergrad, the Anishinabe Club sold fry bread and Indian tacos to raise money for the annual pow wow. We managed the whole event, which was held every year in May. We arranged for a spiritual advisor, the master of ceremonies, an arena director, flag carriers, head dancers, and a house host drum. Everyone was invited to come in their finest regalia and share in the richness. ” – Dee Gokee-Rindal BA ’79, MA ’86, EdD ’09, Bayfield, Wis., Education

Campus Aerial

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

“I came back to Duluth in 2012 for my 60th Denfeld High School reunion and visited the UMD campus. In my first year at UMD in ’52, there was only one building on the upper campus, the Science Building. Being in a two-year pre-engineering program, I took all of my technical classes (math, physics, chemistry, etc.) there. Every day I rode the city bus from my family home to Old Main and then boarded one of the shuttle buses to go up the hill. ” – John Hjerpe ’54, Cypress, Tex., Pre-engineering

Ven Den

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The Ven Den, a vending machine room, opened in what was then called the Education Building in 1964. It was renovated in 2015.

“I went to UMD from 1972 to 1976. Microwave ovens were pretty new at that point and because of that, there was a sign on the Ven Den microwave that said, “microwave ovens may be hazardous to your health.’ Scribbled underneath that, someone had written, ‘So is the food here.’ ”– Linda Dunaiski ’76, Duluth, Minn., Sociology

 

Fall 2015 Campus Events

The Alumni Association Invites You

More Calendar Updates

Events:

  • Thursday, November 19, 2015
    • Networking Night, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
      • Greysolon Plaza Ballroom, Duluth

        Help UMD  junior and senior students to connect with local and regional professionals within their major.  Prepare our students for future interviews, internships, and job opportunities. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Register at http://goo.gl/forms/yeU6WJofaO or by phone at 218-726-7164.

UMD Travel Program:
  • March 13-20, 2016
    • Colorful Caribbean – Riveria
  • August 4 – 11, 2016
    • Coastal Alaska – Regatta
  • October 1-9, 2016
    • Grecian Delights – Riviera
For more details on Alumni events and programs, visit umdalumni.com

Photo above: Bulldogs know how to party! This alumni event was held at Surley Brewing, Inc.

Kirby Student Center

Campus Memories

Photos transport us back in time and remind us how far we’ve come. We hope these images make you smile, feel a little nostalgic, or search for your photo album. We’d love to hear your campus memories. Share them with us at alumni@d.umn.edu.

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At one time, UMD held Cap and Gown Day in May, prior to commencement. Seniors dressed in caps and gowns and processed into Kirby Ballroom for speeches, award presentations, and a reception.

“I was the first one in my family to graduate from college, so it was an important moment for us. I was already married to Ed Alspach. He had his graduation ceremony in Old Main in 1956. Ed was home from serving in the Air Force during my senior year, but I still had  to move into and help run the UMD-owned mansion on Fifth Street with the other home economics students. ”– Ellie (Elourine) Alspach ’62, Duluth, Minn., Home Economics

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Bagley Nature Area

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Since 1951, Bagley Nature Area has attracted runners, hikers, and cross-country skiers

“It was midterms and stress was high. A good rain seems to wash away just about anything, so my roomie and I decided to run through Bagley. As we ran, we splashed through giant mud puddles. When we exited our private oasis, a driver slowed down to stare; we were covered in mud. The driver behind him wasn’t watching the road either, and the result was a fender bender. Now my former roommate and the driver of the second car are happily married, with three lovely daughters. ” – Sara Joy Jespersen ’00, Minneapolis, Minn. Exercise Science

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A Focus on Real World Problems

Scholars & Research

Searching for Climate Triggers

Undergraduate research assistant Cole Webster (photo above, left) and Assistant Professor Bryon Steinman examine lake sediment cores to learn more about lake water isotope geochemistry.

Did climate change cause events such as the increase
in Atlantic hurricane activity in recent decades? Byron Steinman, assistant professor of Geological Sciences with Large Lakes Observatory and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is looking to answer the question. He and his colleagues analyzed computer models that simulated the earth’s natural variations in temperature over time. “Based on our research, it appears as though changes such as these are being strongly influenced by external forces and, in particular, the increase in greenhouse gases from fossil fuel burning,” Steinman said. Their findings were published in the Feb. 27 issue of Science Magazine.

Excellence Honored

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Dr. Priscilla A. Day, professor and head of the Department of Social Work, was honored with the 2015 Child Welfare Leadership Award from the University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare in recognition of her significant career achievements. Day serves as the principal investigator and director for the Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies. She has taught at UMD since 1993 and was co- developer and instructor of the Learning Circle course, which helps Master of Social Work students put cultural competence concepts into practice.

Exploring the Rhythms of Life

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Just weeks after the U.S. eased travel restrictions, 14 Bulldog musicians, along with Professor Rudy Perrault and Assistant Professor Betsy Husby, traveled to Cuba. Performing at various venues during their two-week adventure, students experienced music’s profound ability to act as a common language. “We met up with a couple of violinists. They only spoke so much English, and I only spoke so much Spanish, but we played the same instrument, so we saw eye to eye,” recalled Kenneth Schuster ’15.

Research Challenge Champions

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Five students from the Financial Markets program at the Labovitz School of Business and Economics earned first place in the local final of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute’s annual Research Challenge in Minneapolis, competing against 10 teams from three states. “The purpose of the Research Challenge is to help develop best practices for future investment professionals,” said Joe Artim, director of the program and the team’s faculty mentor. “This year’s team did an excellent job with the project and excelled in delivering their results at the presentation event.”

 

 

School Spirit Showcased

Participate, Lead and Serve: Alumni Scholars

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 The Alumni Association Scholarship invites college students to show their UMD spirit by planning events and supporting board activities. It was created specifically for children and grandchildren of UMD alumni and it allows selected students to receive financial support as well as leadership training and networking opportunities.

Recipients for the 2015-16 academic year are Julie Klein and Joe Yernatich from Duluth and Anna Spielmann from Maple Lake, Minn.

To make a gift: http://bit.ly/iGKJAgQ

Or send a gift to:

UMD Alumni Scholarship
University of Minnesota Foundation
PO Box 860266
Minneapolis, MN 55486-0266

Top photo: Champ and former Alumni Director Lisa Pratt share some school spirit.

Fun With Alumni

CLA Student Speaker Daniel Gala
CLA Student Speaker Daniel Gala at Commencement.

Eric Eversley ('68), Dennis ('60)and Mary Erickson, Mary Ebert ('70), Craig Nippet ('73) (2)
Eric Eversley ’68, Dennis Erickson ’60, Mary Erickson, Mary Ebert ’70, and Craig Nippet ’73 at the Denver Break the Ice event.

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Monica Gibson and Ray Gibson, Jr ’73 at the UMD Stores Alumni Appreciation Day.

Grad Party Attendees (2)
Graduating seniors at the 2015 Gatsby- themed Glensheen Grad Party.

LSBE Student Speaker Jacob Froelich
LSBE Student Speaker Jacob Froelich at Commencement.

Megan Evans '10, Leah Wedan '14
Megan Evans ’10, Leah Wedan ’14 and a friend enjoy the Surly Brewing ambiance at the Twin Cities Annual Event.

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Andrew ’00 (left), Amber ’99 (right) Moravec, and their children Ellie and Everett at the Minnesota Wild Hockey Club in St. Paul, Minn.

There’s fun all year ’round for UMD alumni. From the Grad Party, to Commencement, to Homecoming, to sports events… the good times keep rolling.

News from the Alumni Association

A Message from the Alumni Office

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Alumni Director Lisa Pratt retired on August 22, 2015.

Fall signifies change. Leaves are turning, the air has a chill, and students come back to school. It can bring new beginnings and fresh starts. My new beginning started August 22, when I officially retired from UMD and from my position as alumni director.

I am excited about the future, which includes an eventual move to the Twin Cities, where my three daughters and their families are settled. I look forward to having more time to spend with them and to starting a new life chapter, but ever as a Bulldog!

UMD and our alumni will continue to hold a very special place in my heart and will be well served in the meantime by Christiana Kapsner, assistant alumni director, and Mollie Nelson, communication associate.

I have appreciated getting to know many of you, learning about the exciting paths your educations have taken
you, and the creative, successful, and meaningful ways
in which you are living your lives. I am grateful to UMD, my colleagues, and friends for providing such tremendous support and collaboration.

A friend shared a beautiful poem by John O’Donohue entitled “For a New Beginning.” The following verses particularly resonate with me as I embark on this new adventure. May all who face the uncertainty of change take heart in these uplifting words:

Though your destination is not yet clear You can trust the promise of this opening; Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning That is at one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk; Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

Serving as alumni director has been an honor and a privilege at an institution of which I am extremely proud. I’m certain the wonderful memories and great friendships I have developed will continue long into the future.

Lisa Pratt ’77

Former UMD Alumni Director

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By the Numbers

Where Do UMD alumni live?

Here’s what LinkedIn reports:
  • 17,192 – Minneapolis-St. Paul area
  • 7,132 – Duluth area
  • 371 – San Francisco Bay area
  • 204 – Washington, D.C., metro area
  • 245 – Phoenix
  • 127 – Canada
  • 121 – Sweden
Join us on LinkedIn at the, Official UMD Alumni Association page.
For more details on Alumni events and programs, visit umdalumni.com

Get Active with the Alumni Association

Becoming a member of the board of directors or joining one of our numerous committees gives you the opportunity to continue your impact on the UMD community. To apply, go to umdalumni.com