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U of M 'Meet and Greet' event welcomes new campus-area neighborhood residents

University administrators and students, Neighborhood Liaisons, elected officials and neighborhood leaders will take part in community-building event

Media Note: To schedule an interview with a Neighborhood Liaison from the university’s Office of Student and Community Relations, contact Matt Hodson at (612) 625-0552 or

Who: Select University of Minnesota administrators, university students, Neighborhood Liaisons, elected City of Minneapolis officials and neighborhood residents
What: “Meet and Greet” for neighborhood residents near the U of M East Bank campus
When: 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 6
Where: Teams of greeters will meet throughout the day at the Purple Onion, 1301 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis; the Overflow Espresso Café, 2929 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis; and Joe’s Market & Deli, 1828 Como Ave. SE, Minneapolis

Contacts: Matt Hodson, University News Service,, (612) 625-0552

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (09/05/2012) —The spirit of Welcome Week will spill beyond campus Thursday, Sept. 6 when teams of University of Minnesota administrators and students, local residents and representatives from the City of Minneapolis fan out across university-area neighborhoods to knock on doors and greet new tenants. Greeters will include Minneapolis Council Members Cam Gordon (Ward 2) and Diane Hofstede (Ward 3), along with representatives from neighborhood associations.

Organized by the U of M Office of Student and Community Relations, this annual “Meet and Greet” provides a university connection for those students living off campus and builds community with non-student residents in the Marcy-Holmes, Prospect Park and Southeast Como neighborhoods of Minneapolis. Meeting locations for greeting teams will be the Purple Onion, 1301 University Ave. SE; the Overflow Espresso Café, 2929 University Ave. SE; and Joe’s Market & Deli, 1828 Como Ave. SE.

“The University of Minnesota is proud to be part of the greater Twin Cities community,” said Jerry Rinehart, university Vice Provost for Student Affairs. “The university family extends beyond campus boundaries and includes the neighborhoods in which our students live, learn, work and play everyday. It is important to introduce students living off-campus to both their roles as members of our neighborhoods and the resources available to assist them. The ‘Meet and Greet’ offers a great way to get these important messages to students and help get everyone’s new school year off to a good start.”

Newcomers to the area will be given a packet of information about living in the community, including city and neighborhood resources, ways to meet neighbors and get engaged in the community, voting information, and coupons and other goodies provided by local businesses. City regulatory services staff will also be on hand to provide advice to students if they have questions about the condition of the homes or apartments into which they are moving.

About the Office of Student and Community Relations
The Office of Student and Community Relations offers information about living in local neighborhoods, landlord/tenant issues, zoning, city ordinances, community involvement, and responsible party hosting. Funded by the Office for Student Affairs, the unit coordinates the Student Neighborhood Liaison program which consists of student leaders hired to work with their peers to enhance neighborhood livability. The Office partners with neighborhood organizations and residents to bridge the gap between students and their neighbors and create opportunities for all to be engaged in the neighborhood.

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