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Inaugural week in preview

September 19, 2011


Eric Kaler.

During the week of his inauguration, Eric Kaler takes on a whirlwind of activities to call attention to the ways the University of Minnesota supports the state and its people. 

Photo: Patrick O'Leary

A capsule summary of President Kaler's activities

By Deane Morrison

In the week of his inauguration, President Eric Kaler will undertake a round of activities to underscore his commitment to the University of Minnesota's many roles in supporting the human and economic forces driving the state.

Super Tuesday

The bulk of his community activities come Tuesday, September, 20, as he and spouse Karen Kaler leave campus to see first hand how the University supports agriculture, science and industry, the arts, and the broader community.

Tuesday's highlights:

• Visit to a metro-area dairy farm, where he'll hear from students about their interest in agricultural education at the University and its importance in keeping the state's agricultural backbone strong. Members of the farm family will talk about their work with the University to create intersections between the urban and agricultural spheres. 

• Meeting with health, science and industry leaders. Kaler will greet leaders of the business community and learn about the ways University expertise helps businesses keep their technological edge. A major theme will be how University faculty and other researchers are helping to develop the state's biosciences industries.

• Visit to the U's Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center, North Minneapolis. Kaler will hear how the University collaborates with communities to solve problems to enhance their health, vitality, education, and economic development in the Twin Cities and across Minnesota. 

• Guthrie Theater visit. Kaler will talk with representatives of major Twin Cities arts and cultural institutions, plus University arts department chairs. Among the topics: the U of M/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training program, which combines academics with training at an outstanding professional theater.

• Change of pace: Tuesday evening, Kaler will throw out the first pitch as the Twins take on the Seattle Mariners.

Campus crawls

In a series of campus crawls that week, Kaler will interact with students, faculty, and staff on the St. Paul, East Bank and West Bank sections of the Twin Cities campus.

• St. Paul: Kaler tours the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, the Institute on the Environment, the University of Minnesota Extension Service, the College of Continuing Education, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Monday, September 19.

• Academic Health Center (East Bank): Demonstrations by students in the health-related disciplines of the U's Academic Health Center. Monday, September 19.

• West Bank: Meetings with students from the Carlson School of Management, the Law School, the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), and libraries. He'll also visit the School of Music for a lesson in conducting. Wednesday, September 21.

• East Bank: Kaler visits the College of Science and Engineering, the College of Design, the College of Education and Human Development, and CLA. Wednesday, September 21.

Late-week events


Following the last campus crawl, Kaler will host a reception for leaders from the University's Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester campuses.

His inauguration will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 22, in Ted Mann Concert Hall, followed by a public reception at 2 p.m. in Coffman Union.

The Kalers will wrap up the week on Saturday by attending the Gopher football game vs. North Dakota State.

For more on inaugural week, visit the inauguration website.

Watch the inauguration live at umn.edu. Pre-show begins at 10:45 a.m.

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