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U of M Alumni Association kicks off 2011-12 Statewide Speakers Tour in Duluth Sept. 2

Contacts: Heather Faulkner, Alumni Association,, (612) 626-4854; Jeff Falk, University News Service,, (612) 626-1720

- New theme is U of M's role in strengthening the civic and economic capacity of Minnesota's communities -

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (08/9/2011) —Every year the University of Minnesota Alumni Association travels across the state, talking about current university issues and the university's impact on the state.

The Alumni Association's 2011-12 Statewide Speakers Tour program, "Helping Communities Make Minnesota a Better Place to Live, Work and Play," will highlight how the U of M Extension Center for Community Vitality strengthens the social, civic, economic and technological capacity of communities throughout Minnesota. The center has more than a dozen programs geared to guiding communities in building and growing their capacity, from business retention and expansion strategies to leadership development.

"Minnesota's communities all have both unique and shared challenges and opportunities," says Dick Senese, Extension associate dean for community vitality and public engagement. "The Center for Community Vitality offers training, support and applied research that informs local decision-makers, strengthens leadership and moves communities toward their desired future."

Tour stops in September will be:

  • Noon Friday, Sept. 2. Duluth Skyline Rotary Club, Country Inn and Suites, 4257 Haines Road, Duluth.

  • Noon Tuesday, Sept. 6. Cloquet Rotary Club, Evergreen Knoll Community Center Club, 1311 14th St., Cloquet.

  • 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7. Duluth Harbor Town Rotary, Holiday Inn, 200 W. 1st St., Duluth.

  • 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. Fridley/Columbia Heights Rotary, Shorewood Bar and Grill, 6161 Highway 65 N.E., Fridley.

  • 7 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. Marshall Sunrise Rotary, Marshall Area YMCA, 200 S. A St., Marshall.

  • Noon Thursday, Sept. 15. Granite Falls Kiwanis, Jimmy's Pizza, 776 Prentice St., Granite Falls.

  • Noon Tuesday, Sept. 27. St. Cloud Rotary, Le St. Germain Suite Hotel, 404 W. Saint Germain St., St. Cloud.

To learn more about the Center for Community Vitality, go to

Communities interested in hosting a program visit, may contact Mary Kay Delvo, Alumni Association advocacy director, at or (612) 626-1417. For more information, including upcoming tour stops, visit the Statewide Speakers Tour webpage at

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association is a 57,000-member organization whose members are ambassadors for the excellent teaching and breakthrough research that happens at the University every day. For more information, visit or call (612) 624-2323.

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