University of Minnesota

Visiting Africans from 18 countries prepare to become 'transformative leaders'

(Photo courtesy of U of M) Twenty-five young African professionals studying on fellowship at the U of M, Rep. Keith Ellison at center

The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs this summer hosted 25 young African professionals in its first year as part of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The Center for Integrative Leadership operates under the auspices of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which the Obama administration started in 2010 to “spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.”


University of Minnesota president Kaler gets pay raise, extension

University President Eric Kaler poses for a portrait at the McNamara Alumni Center on July 9, 2014. Kaler's contract was extended until 2020 and includes a 2.5 percent raise, bringing the president's base pay to $625,250 per year. (Photo by Chelsea Gortmaker)

Amid debates over high administrative pay at colleges nationwide, University of Minnesota officials agree President Eric Kaler’s successes outweighed any signs of his failure — earning him another term.


University of Minnesota development official set to transition to City of Minneapolis post

Craig Taylor, director of the University of Minnesota Office for Business and Community Economic Development and Business Technology Center, poses for a portrait at his office in the University Office Plaza on July 11, 2014. Taylor was nominated by Mayor Betsy Hodges to be the next director of the city’s Community Planning & Economic Development Department. (Photo by Chelsea Gortmaker)

A University of Minnesota leader could soon be moving his 15 years of community development expertise from campus to Minneapolis City Hall, a shift that he said will foster a stronger bond between the two institutions.


Research funding boost to help new University Bee Lab facility in battle against waning honeybee population

Bee Squad team member Chris Kulhanek carries a frame from a hive at the rooftop apiary at Urban Ventures in south Minneapolis on Monday afternoon. Recent state allocations will partially fund the construction of a new University Bee Lab on the St. Paul campus. (Photo by Chelsea Gortmaker)

Midsummer sunrays beamed on Monday as University of Minnesota researchers let a swarm of buzzing honeybees loose, allowing them to forage nearby fields before returning to the experiment’s site on the St. Paul campus.


University employees won't receive benefits for same-sex domestic partners next year

University professor Benjamin Munson and his partner Kevin Burk look through used books at the Twin Cities Pride festival June 28, 2014. Munson and Burk received domestic partnership benefits before they got married last summer. (Photo by Lisa Persson)

Before professor Benjamin Munson married his partner last summer, the two received University of Minnesota health benefits for being in a same-sex domestic partnership.


Rep. McCollum says Redskins name violates University of Minnesota policy, some students plan to protest campus game this fall

Some University of Minnesota students plan to protest the Washington Redskins’ nickname when the NFL team plays on campus this fall.


Partnership between University of Minnesota and Teach For America set in motion, program still on probation from granting teaching licenses

CEHD graduate student Clare Foley talks in a small group with other graduate students at Cityview elementary school in Minneapolis on June 24, 2014. (Photo by Chelsea Gortmaker)

At Cityview Elementary School in Minneapolis, University of Minnesota students with less than a month of instruction are assisting teachers as they begin their time in a new alternative teaching licensure program.


New Bell Museum: A tale of tenacity

Rep. Alice Hausman was understandably upbeat after the 2014 session of the Minnesota Legislature. After a 10-year struggle, funding for a new Bell Museum of Natural History—and planetarium—was finally secured.


Students urge training in finances, debt control

Students entering the University of Minnesota should have an orientation program to help them manage their finances and control their debts, said a report from a student group to the Board of Regents.


University of Minnesota plans to become more engaged with its neighbors

University Vice President Pamela Wheelock said the opening of the Green Line through the campus and Stadium Village will forever change the campus. (Photos by Bill Huntzicker)

The University of Minnesota would promise to be a better neighbor to the communities that surround its Minneapolis campus under an “engagement” policy proposed to the Board of Regents on June 13.

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