University President Bob Bruininks
Alumni association provides gift for stadium, scholarships
From eNews, October 2, 2003
The University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) recently announced it will give $1.5 million to the University of Minnesota for scholarships and a new stadium complex. "For the last two years, the UMAA National Board has been exploring opportunities for leaving a lasting alumni legacy in 2004, our 100th anniversary year," says Jerry Noyce, UMAA national president. "With the stadium initiative gaining momentum and the great need for scholarships during these difficult economic times, we saw this contribution as a meaningful way to build pride and community on our campus for years to come." The UMAA will contribute $1 million to a new stadium complex, contingent upon Board of Regents approval for the stadium project. The UMAA's $500,000 gift toward scholarships will be matched by the University for a total contribution of $1 million to the U's scholarship fund. Throughout its 100-year history, the UMAA has made significant contributions to scholarships and building projects at the U, including Memorial Stadium, Northrop Memorial Auditorium, Coffman Memorial Union, and the McNamara Alumni Center. "To say we are excited about supporting students and a new on-campus gathering place is an understatement," says Margaret Carlson, UMAA executive director. "The UMAA is here to support academic excellence and keep the University's spirit strong." To learn more about the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, which has 57,000 members, see www.alumni.umn.edu.