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Congratulations to our newest alumni!

On Saturday, May 16, the University of Minnesota Morris community celebrated the accomplishments of our 2020 graduates. 329 graduates joined the #UMNproud and accomplished UMN Morris alumni family. If you didn't get a chance to watch the ceremony it is available online through June 30. Student speaker Wyatt Anderson '20 and University of Minnesota Morris Alumni Association President Erika Bailey-Johnson '99 also gave special remarks that were especially inspiring in these unprecedented times.

Alumni News

Cougar alumni posing in a group, smiling, at a golf course

Update on Cougar Golf Classic

The University of Minnesota Morris will be rescheduling the annual Cougar Golf Classic, originally set for July 10, 2020. Thank you for your partnership and patience as we work together to support the health of our community. We'll stay in touch with updates and look forward to the time when we can safely be together again and support our Cougar athletes!

Are You a Podcaster or Other Online Content Creator?

Do you have a podcast or similar online content and want to promote it to other UMN Morris alums? Alumni Relations is seeking to increase our virtual offerings and would like to showcase alumni content. We already know of a few alumni who have podcasts they want other alums to know about and are seeking others who have additional content they'd like to share. Tell us more about your content and we'll be in touch.

Seeking UMN Morris Alumni Makers

The Minnesota Alumni Market, believed to be the first alumni-maker online store to sell only products created by alumni-owned businesses, is seeking UMN Morris alumni. They'd like to see every University of Minnesota campus represented in the online store and will soon be seeking new alumni business owners to feature. Now is the time to start considering if this is an opportunity that might be for you. Stay tuned for a future call for submissions!

Philosophy Discussion Group Invite

The Philosophy Discipline is happy to announce an alumni-student-faculty discussion group on Plato's Republic. They will be discussing this classic work via Zoom every other Wednesday night at 7 p.m. (starting May 27—join any time). Check out the group website and tell your friends!

Members of the UMN Morris Alumni Association Board of Directors lined up on the stairs of the campus Welcome Center, smiling, wearing UMN Morris gear

Seeking New University of Minnesota Morris Alumni Board Members

The UMMAA board has some newly open positions and is seeking interested UMN Morris alums who want to be considered for the board, either immediately or in winter 2021. They are especially seeking individuals who are interested in staying connected to the campus and helping other alumni do the same by helping with such activities such as forming affinity groups, providing career connections to current students, recruiting prospective students, or hosting virtual events. Contact Alumni Relations if you are interested or would like to know more about this opportunity.

Let’s Stay In Touch!

Moving? Making a job change? Celebrating an accomplishment? Take a minute to update your contact information. If you have news to share, your classmates, friends, and professors want to hear from you. Submit a Class Note and let us know what's new in your life!

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Alumni Trivia: June 2020

June's trivia question takes us back 50 years to 1970. Can you name the famous folk singer who performed on February 19, 1970, to an overflow audience in Edson Auditorium? Let us know!

We received so many responses from all of you for our May trivia question: "How many graduating classes have there been at UMN Morris?" The first graduating class was in 1964, which means that if we count the 2020 graduates, UMN Morris has celebrated 57 graduating classes. Congratulations to Myrna Stahman '67, who was the first to send us the correct answer!

The Power of Philanthropy

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Scholarships Provide Life-Changing Student Experiences

The University of Minnesota Morris is committed to providing life-changing experiences for our UMN Morris students, from top professors to fast-changing technology to undergraduate research opportunities. As financial challenges and the need for support for students increase, our donor-funded scholarships have an even greater impact. We are grateful to you for your support of our students and campus.

We hope you will enjoy Sarah's story about the impact of scholarships on her UMN Morris experience and her future.

Welcome the Class of ’20 to the UMMAA!

Last month the Class of 2020 marked an important milestone in their lives: as they celebrated Commencement, they became members of the University of Minnesota Morris Alumni Association. Staying connected is now more important than ever, and there are opportunities available to all of our 23,000+ alumni: online resources such as podcasts, webinars, and upcoming Zoom conversations and trivia sessions, and the popular in-person events (as soon as we can gather again), like Homecoming, Midwinter, and Morris On the Move events. If you wish to support our newest alumni and the activities of the UMMAA, here's one way to do that. Welcome 2020 grads —hope to see you at future events!

On Tuesday, June 2, Chancellor Behr invited the campus community to reflect on our values and history.