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Welcome to the University of Minnesota!

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My name is Patrick Troup and I am the Director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) at the University of Minnesota. This letter is to personally invite you to participate in MCAE's FREE day and a half welcome event taking place right before Welcome Week begins. Our on-campus event is known as the Multicultural Kickoff and will be held on September 1 and September 2 , 2009.

The Multicultural Kickoff will end just as Welcome Week is beginning, so you can participate in both programs! The Multicultural Kickoff is known for being a fun event that is geared specifically for multicultural students. We showcase our student organizations that you are invited to join, we introduce you to our different Ethnic Studies Departments so you can get an idea of the interesting classes being taught, and you will also connect with other incoming students as well as returning students that will be your Multicultural Kickoff Ambassadors. This event also introduces you to the academic resources MCAE provides as well as the scholarships, internships, and grants that MCAE has available for you.

If you are planning to live in the residence hall this year, we will arrange for you to move into your residence hall on Tuesday, September 1 before the Multicultural Kickoff begins. So why not move in early and get to know the other Multicultural students that are in the class of 2013!

The Multicultural Kickoff is free! Everything will be provided by the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence.

Patrick Troup
Director
Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence
University of MInnesota