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UMN Morris Announces Results of Campaign

Sue Dieter
Publication date: 
September 10, 2021

Acting Chancellor Janet Schrunk Ericksen today announced the results of the University of Minnesota Morris “A model for living and learning” campaign, which totaled $31.67 million, or 151% of the original goal. The UMN Morris campaign was part of the overall University of Minnesota “Driven” campaign that began 10 years ago.

Ericksen stressed that broad donor support was essential to reach this historic milestone. “Because of the generosity of alumni and friends, Morris will continue to lead as a model for living and learning long into the future. We’re increasing access and opportunities for students, supporting faculty leadership, building beautiful smart spaces, and investing in regional resilience.”

This private giving support will be invested in the present and future of UMN Morris, including:

  • 534 new scholarship awards, including the Student Assistance Grant for Emergencies, which provides quick response grants to students for short-term financial emergencies;
  • The Morton Gneiss Professorship for Environmental Sciences, the first named professorship for the campus, which will start in the fall of 2023; plans for additional endowed professorships;
  • New and enhanced campus facilities, including the Morris Community Softball Complex, the Nokoomis Nibii Equay (Grandmother Water Woman) sculpture, and the Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Performing Arts Center;
  • A state-of-the-art EcoCenter, a living laboratory to be built at the 140-acre EcoStation near Ashby on land given to UMN Morris; and
  • An increase in the UMN Morris endowment from $10 million to $23.5 million.

Ericksen is excited by the lasting impacts of this campaign: “This shows that UMN Morris has an extraordinary community of supporters who value the liberal arts as well as our campus commitment to and leadership in sustainability.”