Setting a Housing Trend
In support of UMD’s Strategic Plan Goal Two, which is to create an inclusive campus climate, students may now select apartments in which roommates can be any combination of genders. Input was sought from members of the Queer & Allied Student Union and the UMD GLBT Commission, who stressed the importance of removing the gender barrier for transgender students. Jeremy Leiferman, director of Housing and Residence Life, stated that UMD is creating housing “for many students who may have felt that they didn’t have a safe place to live in our community.” The Student Association vote showed strong support for the policy. Photo above: Gender Inclusive Housing is now available on campus.
Commitment to Inclusivity
This fall, UMD became the first university in Greater Minnesota to offer a LGBTQ minor. Faculty members in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies spent two years developing the program. “Offering the LGBTQ minor is a real indicator of what the campus climate is like,” explained Assistant Professor George Hoagland, who was instrumental in its creation. “When these programs are available, it makes a statement that this is important to us.” The minor focuses on the history, politics, and cultures of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex identities and perspectives.
Learning – Powered by the Wind
On Earth Day 2015, faculty, staff, and students from UMD’s biology, engineering geography, and sustainability departments, along with UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute, set a five-kilowatt wind trubing in motion on the UMD Farm. It’s highly efficient, zero contact turbine able to operate at lower wind speeds than traditional windmills. Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Assistant Professor Alison Hoxie, one of the driving forces behind the project, stated, “Not only are we modeling sustainable agriculture and increasing UMD’s renewable energy production, we are also creating a land lab where students across multiple disciplines can come together and learn through an active and hands-on experience.”
Help When It’s Needed
Students under 24 years old are among those most often in need of assistance from a food shelf. That’s why UMD launched Champ’s Cupboard, a food pantry open to all UMD students. Laura Haffield, who coordinates Champ’s Cupboard, said, “Our primary goal is to be there for students and help them be successful in college.” Some donations have come from alumni who have expressed their support for the program. Future goals include adding clothing, from winter garb to job interview-quality items.
An Amazing Bulldog Season
The 2014-15 athletic season started with 3-0 season-opening volleyball triumph in September and wrapped up with an All-American outdoor performance on Memorial Day weekend. In between, UMD experienced a multitude of highlights in each of the three C’s – Competition, Classroom, and Community.
Volleyball had another historic season, finishing 33-2 overall for a .943 winning percentage – the best ever posted by a Bulldog Club.
UMD student-athletes and staff logged approximately 2,000 volunteer hours during last school year.
UMD’s 412 student-athletes, which include red-shirted freshmen, posted an average GPA 3.18, an all-time high (bettering the previous mark of 3.16 set one year earlier). Of that group, 99 achieved GPA’s of 3.50 or above and 11 turned in perfect 4.0 marks. The women’s basketball Bulldogs registered the best collective GPA (3.61) of any UMD team during the 2014-15 school year while soccer (3.33) an tennis (3.32) were next.
UMD produced 18 All-Americans, including one Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Year in junior volleyball, setter Ashley Hinsch. Senior offensive guard Andrew Muer became the first Bulldog to be named to seven different. All-American football teams in the same season, while freshman Emilee Trost hit the All-American trifecta – cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track.
The football Bulldogs rolled to the programs fifth undefeated regular season, going 11-0, and along the way captured a share of their 19th NSIC title – a league record.
Men’s hockey eclipsed the 20-0 win plateau for the fifth time in the past seven years and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament before being ousted by national runner-up Boston University.
UMD baseball, which played its first home game in three years this spring, produced a 36-16 overall record, only one fame shy of the team’s single-season record.
The women’s cross-country team was rated among the top five NCAA Division II schools nationally, and from the season outset, they lived up to that billing by placing third, their highest finish ever, at the NCAA Division II championships in Louisville, KY.