Bulldog Update: Student Edition

March 1, 2024 Edition:

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March 1, 2024 Edition:

AILRC Spring Feast on March 19, 2024

Join us for a free meal and presentation by Sandy White Hawk!

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Join the American Indian Learning Resource Center for our Spring Feast on March 19, 2024, from 12-2 PM in the Kirby Ballroom. We are excited to share that we will have Sandy White Hawk as our speaker for this event. Sandy will be discussing SCOTUS's recent decision not to overturn the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). She will also be sharing about her book and experience as a Sicangu Lakota adoptee from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.


UMD Grad Party-April 25th

After all of your hard work, you deserve a night to celebrate with your friends at Grad Party.

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Congratulations 2024 UMD graduates! After all of your hard work, you deserve a night to celebrate with your friends at Grad Party. Students will have access to the entire Aquarium, entertainment, and dinner. The Grad Party will be held at the Great Lakes Aquarium on Thursday, April 25th from 7:00-10:00 pm. RSVP Today!


UMD Alumni Scholarship

Apply now for the 2024-25 UMD Alumni Scholarship!

The UMD Alumni Scholarship is awarded each year to students with a parent and/or grandparent who graduated from UMD. The scholarship provides select UMD sophomores, juniors, and seniors with financial support. Students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.5 or better. Visit the website to learn more and apply. The deadline to apply for the 2024-25 Alumni Scholarship is March 31, 2024.


February 23, 2024 Edition:

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February 23, 2024 Edition:

Perspectives: From Combat to College - A Presentation by UMD Social Work Student Jacob Heytens

March 13, 2024 from 4:00pm-5:00pm in the Kathryn A Martin Library- Fourth Floor Rotunda

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From Combat to College: With minimal research being conducted on the observations of combat veterans transitioning to college (Jones, 2016) one UMD student gives their perspective on common barriers and issues they have experienced after turning in their combat boots in Iraq for textbooks at UMD.


Stars of the Pharaohs: FREE Planetarium Show for UMD Students

February's free planetarium show for UMD students is 2/29 at 7p and 8p.

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February's FREE planetarium show for UMD students will be Thursday 2/29 at 7p and 8p.

 Travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align huge buildings. You'll learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena, and experience some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world recreated in all of their original splendor. Telly Award winner. Narrated by John Rhys-Davies, of the Indiana Jones films and The Lord of the Rings films. 

Watch a trailer here: https://vimeo.com/118292074 

This show is FREE and only for current UMD students - you will be required to show your student ID.

 Seats are first come. 

Doors open 10 minutes before showtime.


February 16, 2024 Edition:

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February 16, 2024 Edition:

Called to Action Applications now open!

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Called To Action is a multi-day educational experience for college students centered around creating social change.

 The event dates are Friday March 29 (430PM - 9PM) & Saturday March 30 (9AM - 8PM) on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. This is not an overnight event but attendees are expected to attend both days for the full experience. Please note this is Easter weekend and consider how this may impact your attendance of you observe the holiday. 

This event is free to attendees & meals are provided. 

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by March 1 and more details about the experience will be provided at that time. 

During the experience, attendees will: 

> Examine power & privilege personally, socially, institutionally, historically & systemically

 > Strengthen understandings of social justice concepts & language 

> Establish a community of peers & mentors invested in social justice 

> Acquire greater skills for identifying oppressive actions or ideas

 > Develop action steps for continuing social justice work after the event


February 9, 2024 Edition:

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February 9, 2024 Edition:

UMD Leadership Update- Message from Interim Chancellor McMillan

Congratulations to Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Dean of Students, Dr. Lisa Erwin

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After nearly 13 years of service to UMD and a very successful career in student affairs, Dr. Lisa Erwin, our vice chancellor for student life and dean of students, has informed me of her intent to retire this coming July. Dr. Erwin is a passionate, dedicated, tenacious, and steadfast leader for this campus. She is a respected leader across the U of M System and an extremely valued member of my leadership team. In 2022, her work was recognized by receiving the U of M System President’s Award for Outstanding Service. 

Dr. Erwin continuously thinks about students and student outcomes. She has mentored and impacted many students over her time here at UMD and in her previous work before coming to UMD. She embodies student success in everything she does. Under her leadership, UMD launched the Student Life Wellbeing Initiative which connected Student Life programming across all areas to support student mental health and overall wellbeing. Her impact, thoughtful planning, strategic vision, and genuine care for our students will be felt for years. 

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Erwin on her career, her incredible impacts to this campus, the U of M system, as well as our students. Congratulations to Dr. Erwin on her well-deserved retirement!


Dave McMillan, Interim Chancellor