UMore Park campus forums

Please join colleagues at upcoming campus forums on November 8 and 9 to discuss a University of Minnesota vision for a vibrant, culturally rich, sustainable community of 20,000-30,000 people that leverages the University’s academic mission strengths. Consider ways that research, teaching and learning, and public engagement –- especially as they relate to education, energy, the environment, transportation, health, and interdisciplinary opportunities, such as arts and culture, housing, and other issues –- can improve quality of life for citizens, the new community, and the broader region.

The University has initiated a concept master planning process to guide the development of a new community on 5,000 acres of University-owned property in Dakota County. Currently called the University of Minnesota Outreach, Research and Education (UMore) Park, the new community is being developed through a charge by the University’s Board of Regents. Development will occur over 25-30 years. See the UMore Park Web site for information on the vision and planning process.

Your views are important. What innovative research opportunities does the development of a new community offer? How can faculty research make this community unique? What kinds of new opportunities will support learning experiences for individual students and classes? How can this unique public engagement opportunity create added value for the community and the region as well as for University faculty, staff. and students?

Please join the nearly 100 faculty members who have been exploring these questions as members of six UMore Park academic mission task forces:

  • Thursday, Nov. 8, 8:00-10:30 a.m., North Star Ballroom, Second
    Floor, St. Paul Campus Student Center

  • Friday, Nov. 9, 8:00-10:30 a.m., The Theater, First Floor,
    Coffman Memorial Union, Minneapolis campus

Please confirm your attendance by registering on the UMore Park Web site.

Forum agendas, drafts of the six task force reports, and related information can also be viewed at this site.

If you are unable to attend a forum, please contribute ideas and suggestions via the comment box on the UMore Park Web site or contact Carla Carlson, Assistant Vice President, Statewide Strategic Resource Development, at or at 612-624-6252.

Your ideas are important contributions to the development this University-founded community for the 21st century.