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Ruben Echeverria

Recognizing the Distinguished Accomplishments of:
Ruben Echeverria
University of Minnesota Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals

1:30 p.m. Mini-Symposium and Award Ceremony (at Cargill Bldg. 105)

"Inducing Development through Scholarship - Sustainably Feeding the World for Future Generations"

Followed by

Dedication of Classroom Office Building as
RUTTAN HALL at 4:15 p.m. (at Plaza Ruttan Hall or 119 Ruttan)

October 18, 2010
St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota

Schedule for the Day
This is a free event. For planning purposes,
please RSVP by Thursday, October 14, 2010.

The faculty of Applied Economics is delighted to invite you to a very special occasion.  On October 18th we will recognize Dr. Ruben Echeverria, an alumnus of Applied Economics, for achieving the University of Minnesota Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals (DLAI).  This award is the highest University honor for international alumni who have attained unusual distinction as professionals in their careers within institutions or in public service and have demonstrated sustained outstanding achievement or leadership.  Dr. Echeverria has clearly done this as he has tirelessly worked on the economics of agricultural development throughout his career and has recently been named as Director General of CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture), a division of the CGIAR.  Please join us for an afternoon mini-symposium and award ceremony in recognition of Dr. Echeverria's outstanding accomplishments.

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Vernon Ruttan

Dr. Echeverria was a doctoral student advised by Regents Professor Vernon Ruttan.  So, it's entirely fitting that we will be able not only to recognize Vernon's living legacy of scholarly excellence manifested by Dr. Echevarria, but will also dedicate the newly renamed Classroom Office Building as Ruttan Hall. The dedication ceremony of Ruttan Hall will immediately follow Dr. Echeverria's DLAI award ceremony.  Please join us at Ruttan Hall as we recognize Dr. Ruttan's enormous contributions to "Inducing Development Through Scholarship - Sustainably Feeding the World for Future Generations" the theme of our day's festivities.

Finally, this will also mark the beginning of our centennial year of the Applied Economics Department with many more events to follow.  Please join us for what promises to be a fantastic celebration of the past, present and future of Applied Economics and Ruttan Hall.

DSCN0126.JPG On June 18, 2010 President Robert Bruininks advised the Department of Applied Economics that the University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved the following dedication:

"To re-name the Classroom Office Building on the St. Paul Campus "Ruttan Hall" in recognition of the seminal contributions of the late Regents Professor Vernon Ruttan in addressing agricultural and economic development issues."

On Friday June 18, 2010 Marilyn Ruttan was presented with the framed letter from President Brunnicks and a copy of the application dossier, which included outstanding letters of support from Kenneth Arrow, Anne Krueger, Michael Martin, Richard Nelson, Al Levine and other University of Minnesota personnel.

We are thrilled at this recognition of Vernon Ruttan, and also the recognition of the entire department for its historical excellence in agricultural and economic development. There are significant plans underway to celebrate this milestone and extend this legacy into the future. Please reserve Monday October 18, 2010 for the official unveiling of Ruttan Hall.

Image Gallery: Presentation to Marilyn Ruttan

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(l-r) Professor Emeritus Burt Sundquist, Professor Philip Pardey, Marilyn Ruttan, and Professor Brian Buhr

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