Speeches and Writing

End of Year Fall 2012 email message to students

Dear Students,

As you prepare for your finals and semester-ending assignments, I wish you much success, a Happy New Year, and many restful nights of sleep.

Congratulations: This has been a remarkable year on all of our campuses. Our scientists are zeroing in on Alzheimer's prevention, among other breakthroughs. We welcomed a new chancellor at Crookston. A dozen alumni or students won Fulbright Scholarships, underscoring our global impact. UM Rochester continued to grow and gain national attention for its education innovations. Alumni and friends gave $244 million to support student scholarships and research. UMD graduate Brian Kobilka '77 won a Nobel Prize.

Our statewide public engagement and outreach included groundbreaking work with military families, support for new efforts to close Minnesota's educational achievement gap, and work by Extension in all 87 counties. Our Morris campus led the nation again on the important sustainability front. And our Office for Technology Commercialization and its new MN-IP program gained U.S. Department of Commerce recognition and saw us sign 40 innovative agreements with business partners.

Advocacy: The upcoming legislative session is going to be critical to the future of this University. My top priority is to freeze tuition for Minnesota's resident undergraduates. Students are powerful advocates. We will be calling on you to raise your voices as our budget request moves through the State Capitol process. Sign up here to join me at the important Legislative Briefing on January 23.

Take care of yourselves: : I know the end of the semester and holidays can be stressful. If you're feeling the stress, that's understandable. We have resources to help you. Also, look out for others. Be good friends to those who you think might need extra support. Our Student Mental Health website is there for all of us, and it can be very helpful.

Here's wishing you a safe winter break, and a wonderful and productive 2013.

Sincerely,

Eric W. Kaler
President