Celebrating alumni of notable achievement

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Thumbnail picture of alumni who were recognized in 2014On March 27, 2014, the College honored 15 alumni who have made remarkable contributions or attained significant achievements in their fields. The honorees include entreprenuers, community volunteers, artists, educators, and scholars.

We are liberal arts

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Portraits of alumni Edward Bergmark, Elise Hernandez, Svetha Janumpalli, and John SeabergLiberal arts goes hand-in-hand with imaginative thinking and flexibility--traits useful for entrepreneurship. In this issue we are featuring four of our alumni who have gone on become successful entrepreneurs.

Now you can follow us on Twitter

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Follow us on TwitterYour favorite college is now tweeting, and we'd love to have you chirp along. Send us your news.

https://twitter.com/umncla Our hashtag is #umncla.

Gophers across the generations

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Parents pose with their son wearing a cap and gown at CLA's commencement ceremonyThe University of Minnesota Alumni Association's MINNESOTA magazine is looking for families who have at least 3 generations who have attended the U of M - Twin Cities.

Do you know a family like this? Do you belong to a family like this?

Send your information to Erica Giorgi by May 1 for consideration for the fall issue of MINNESOTA.

Portrait: John ColemanDr. John Coleman, who will begin as CLA's next dean on July 31, was interviewed by MinnPost and the Minnesota Daily in January. He discussed building relationships with CLA alumni and helping students connect to real-world opportunities.

Read MinnPost article
"New U dean John Coleman Q-A: Goals include alumni outreach, 'career-sensitive' help for students"

Read Minnesota Daily article
New CLA dean seeks alum support

Volunteer and make a special day more special

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Goldy Gopher poses with a female student in her cap and gown holding a diploma coverOn Sunday, May 18 CLA will hold its 2 undergraduate commencement ceremonies at Mariucci Arena. We needs lots of hands as we welcome the class of 2014 into our alumni family.

If you are able to join us and volunteer, we would love to see you! The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 22.

CLA event highlights

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Hamlet
April 17-27, various times
Rarig Center, Stoll Thrust Theatre

Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday with his classic tragedy, directed by Barbra Berlovitz. Berlovitz’s unique use of movement and text is influenced by her tenure in Theatre de la Jeune Lune. Special post-show discussion with Berlovitz after the April 26 performance. Tickets required.

45th Annual Iron Pour
April 25, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Regis Center for Art, Foundry Courtyard

Students and visiting artists will work together to perform perform an aesthetic, athletic, pyrotechnic event, pouring molten iron into sand molds to make cast iron sculptures. The Annual Minnesota Iron Pour began in 1970, organized by Professor Wayne Potratz. This will be Potratz's last pour before his retirement in July.

The Enduring Spirit of Labor
April 22 - May 3, 2014, 11:00am - 7:00pm
Regis Center for Art, Quarter Gallery

Anna Meteyer, an undergraduate senior majoring in Global Studies and Studio Art at the University of Minnesota, has organized an exhibition at the Quarter Gallery and additional special events, which speak to injustices rampant in labor industries and celebrate the struggle against systemic forces of injustice. A related historical exhibition is also presented at Wilson Library T.R. Anderson Gallery.

University Symphony Orchestra and Choral Ensembles: Mahler's Symphony No. 2
May 3, 8:00pm
Northrop Memorial Auditorium

This epic five-movement symphony explores themes of death and resurrection. The University Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the University Singers, Women's and Men's Chorus, and members of the Minnesota Chorale. Featuring mezzo soprano Adriana Zabala, soprano Linh Kauffman, choral conductors Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey, and conductor Mark Russell Smith. Free, but tickets are required.

Join the CLA Alumni Society Board

Get involved with the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Society Board or its committees. Participate in alumni social and networking activities; provide career advice to current students; and unleash your inner Gopher!

Dr. John Coleman named College of Liberal Arts dean

Dr. John Coleman has been named the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at the University of Minnesota, effective July 31, pending Board of Regents approval in February.

A fresh collaboration with Wits radio

American Public Media's wildly successful nationally syndicated comedy and music variety show Wits is produced by alumna Larissa Anderson, who turned to her alma mater to create an exclusive internship program.