Goldy sunning along the Seine.
Get connected, fall 2005
From M, fall 2005
Here comes the judgeRetired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the UMAA 2006 Annual Celebration on May 23. O'Connor was the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, having been sworn in on September 25, 1981, as President Ronald Reagan's first Supreme Court appointment. Until her retirement in June, O'Connor earned a reputation as a pragmatic, centrist jurist on an increasingly divided court. Event details will be posted at www.alumni.umn.edu over the winter and be printed in Minnesota, the alumni association's member magazine.
Alumni Study AbroadChildren ran and played along a gentle sandy beach, dodging waves and watching tractors haul small fishing boats onto a jetty to be launched. "I like to think that the men who gave their lives here would enjoy seeing this scene rather than some somber landmark," historian and guide William Jordan said to a group of visitors standing on Omaha Beach. "After all, the chance to live quiet, peaceful lives is what they were fighting for."
A group of 31 alumni had spent the day visiting D-Day sites as part of a nine-day Alumni College Abroad trip in Normandy. Being immersed in the culture and the countryside while learning the history from experts like Jordan created an experience of Normandy that could not have come from books or films. The travelers also visited local markets, talked with citizens, wandered Monet's Garden at Giverny, and toured famed landmarks and quaint towns.
That is what educational travel is all about: learning by seeing, by being there. The University of Minnesota Alumni Association offers dozens of such tours each year, to domestic and international destinations, and all with fellow Minnesota graduates who are curious about the world and want to learn in the way only educational travel can offer.
Visit www.alumni.umn.edu/travel or call 612-624-2323 to learn more about UMAA travel opportunities.