University of Minnesota
August 28, 2012
For your "Mascot on a Stick," choose from the Crookston Eagle, the Duluth Bulldog, the Morris Cougar, the Rochester Raptor, or, of course, Goldy Gopher. For those of you who have a tough time making up your minds, there’s also the University of Minnesota Block M to keep you cool.
Photos: Patrick O'Leary
Minnesota fair-goers can learn more about the U’s impact in their area of the state when they visit the “Support the U” booth.
By Kristin Cleveland
With the Minnesota State Fair in full swing, and Princess Kay’s profile well set in butter, judges are prowling the animal barns and food and craft buildings, looking for that perfect pie, the blue-ribbon specimen of crop art, and Minnesota’s grand champion heifer.
The University is one of the biggest exhibitors at the fair, but U scholars and researchers on hand won’t be there in search of blue ribbons. Instead, they’re sharing the best of what’s happening at campuses and research centers across the state, and asking Minnesotans to support the U.
Fair-goers can stop by the “Support the U” booth in the University of Minnesota Building at the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street to learn about the U’s impact statewide from student volunteers.
See the U’s impact in your hometown
Every dollar invested in the U of M generates $13.20 in the statewide economy. Use a touch screen at the “Support the U” booth to see how the U impacts your area. Hover over your part of the state to see how many alumni and current students hail from your county and how many jobs and dollars the U contributes to the local economy. Learn about what research might be going on near your hometown, locate the closest Extension Office, find a 4-H Club in your area, or get the latest gardening tips to help boost your odds for a prize-winning dahlia at next year’s fair.
Be a fan. Get a fan.
Then, sign up to support the U. While you’re there, get your very own “Mascot on a Stick”—a fan featuring your favorite University of Minnesota campus mascot.
Choose from the Crookston Eagle, the Duluth Bulldog, the Morris Cougar, the Rochester Raptor, or, of course, Goldy Gopher. For those of you who have a tough time making up your minds, there’s also the University of Minnesota Block M to keep you cool.
You can also pick up a free voter education guide with information for the election in November. This year is an important one for the University of Minnesota.
Help share the U’s story
Students, staff, and faculty at the U, along with its alumni and friends are already firmly behind the mission of the U and higher education’s role in the Minnesota (and national) economy. But the U needs Minnesota citizens to help increase its visibility with elected officials and stress the importance of higher education in the state.
It’s easy to support the U. All you have to do is help tell the story of how the U discovers new knowledge that advances the state economy, educates Minnesota’s workforce, and creates thousands of Minnesota jobs.
As you do this, remind your legislators that sustained state support helps keep tuition costs down at the U, helps maintain its labs and create new places of discovery, and helps its students, faculty, and staff participate in service and research that improves the lives of all Minnesotans.
Will YOU support the U?
Be a fan. Get a fan.
The “Support the U” booth is located in the University of Minnesota building on the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. It will be open through Monday, Sept. 3.