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Joan Gabel on Zoom

Gabel talks UMPD’s involvement in policing Daunte Wright protests

April 15, 2021
The University president also discussed the possibility of renaming campus buildings in an interview with the Minnesota Daily.
Biden’s American Rescue Plan to deliver $97 million in relief funds to UMN

Biden’s American Rescue Plan to deliver $97 million in relief funds to UMN

April 3, 2021
The COVID-19 relief bill, signed into action on March 11, designates approximately $40 billion for higher education.
Episode 84: Meet the new regents

Episode 84: Meet the new regents

April 1, 2021
In this episode, we talk to three of the four newly elected regents, including James Farnsworth, Kodi Verhalen and Ruth Johnson, about their backgrounds and goals for their six-year terms.
The University's Board of Regents convene on Friday, Sep. 14, 2018 at McNamara Alumni Center.

Meet the University’s new regents

March 26, 2021
The state legislature elected four new regents to the board earlier this month.
Chris Cramer visits Branden Moriarty's lab in the Cancer & Cardiovascular Research Building, Feb. 25, 2020.

Vice President for Research Chris Cramer announces departure from University

March 22, 2021
In his time as vice president for research, Cramer has established several specialized research offices and helped the University exceed $1 billion in research expenditures.
The University's Board of Regents convene at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

New regents selected to UMN’s Board of Regents; Hsu not reelected

March 15, 2021
The Minnesota State Legislature voted on the new board members Monday.
The Board of Regents convene for their December 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Students weigh in on board priorities, raise ethical issues with regents election

March 13, 2021
The board also discussed the University’s COVID-19 response in a virtual meeting Friday.
Joan Gabel on Zoom

Gabel talks fall 2021 semester, with goal of increasing in-person instruction

March 2, 2021
The University president said course formats for fall semester, as well as study abroad programs, will be dependent on public health guidelines.
Sarah Mai

To address healthcare worker shortage, UMN collaborates with Google and Mayo Clinic

February 27, 2021
The NXT GEN MED program will launch on the Rochester campus in Summer 2022.
The University's Board of Regents meets on Friday, June 14, 2019 at McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis. The meeting covered topics including policy revisions, Board of Regents operations, and University tuition. Four new regents were also sworn in at the meeting.

Regents change how they handle president’s requests for urgent action 

February 25, 2021
The Board of Regents must approve before the president makes urgent decisions, such as financial and public safety matters, for the University. 
Photo courtesy of Carolyn Porta, a University of Minnesota professor of nursing. Porta is the Principal Investigator on AHEAD.

UMN collaboration seeks to strengthen healthcare workforce in Afghanistan

February 19, 2021
The University will work with other colleges in the U.S. and Afghanistan to develop curriculum, research capacities and train faculty for a five-year period.
The Board of Regents meet about the East Gateway Project Resolution, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The Board of Regents holds a meeting each month.

Regents discuss campus safety review; confirm tuition-free program for low-income families

February 13, 2021
The board also confirmed several initiatives as part of the systemwide strategic plan, including an alcohol sales agreement.
Study by UMN researcher finds discrimination can lead to anxiety disorders

Study by UMN researcher finds discrimination can lead to anxiety disorders

February 10, 2021
The research shows that discrimination, regardless of genetic factors, can contribute to anxiety.
What Biden’s federal student loan pause means for UMN students

What Biden’s federal student loan pause means for UMN students

February 3, 2021
University officials, students and a student finance expert weighed in on President Joe Biden’s federal student loan freeze and other future policy changes.
Joan Gabel on Zoom

Gabel talks UMPD safety review, Biden’s higher ed policies and CARES funds

February 2, 2021
University President Joan Gabel also discussed the ongoing Board of Regents election with the Minnesota Daily in a virtual interview Monday.
Student Affairs Vice President Calvin Phillips poses for a portrait. Photo courtesy of university of Minnesota Relations.

Dr. Calvin Phillips joins University’s senior administrative team

January 25, 2021
Phillips will serve as vice president for student affairs and dean of students beginning on March 1 pending Board of Regents approval.
An empty lot stands across from the Cargill building, on the University's St. Paul campus, on Monday, Oct. 19.  The lot will be the site of the proposed Microbial Cell Production Facility.

Regents take next steps on BioMADE collaboration

January 9, 2021
The University projects that the partnership will result in a net cash flow of about $270,000 during the initial five-year period.
Joan Gabel on Zoom

Gabel reflects on fall semester, talks plans for COVID-19 and tuition cost

December 19, 2020
The University president also discussed the budget deficit in a virtual interview with the Minnesota Daily Friday.
How reporting COVID-19 violations works at the U

How reporting COVID-19 violations works at the U

December 15, 2020
Policies, and consequences, may vary depending on whether students are subject to University housing rules, just the Student Conduct Code, or are part of Greek life.
Regents discuss public safety and a proposed free tuition program for families making less than $50,000

Regents discuss public safety and a proposed free tuition program for families making less than $50,000

December 12, 2020
The board also provided feedback to administrators on the systemwide strategic plan, and discussed budget shortfalls at their virtual meetings on Thursday and Friday.
The Board of Regents convene for their October 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Regents weigh in on potential challenges and priorities for UMN in 2021

December 9, 2020
Board members discussed the financial impact of COVID-19 and the impact of the pandemic on enrollment and student experiences at the University.
University President Joan Gabel poses for a portrait over Zoom.

Gabel talks presidential election impact, campus safety and tuition

November 21, 2020
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel also discussed plans for spring semester and COVID-19 testing with the Minnesota Daily.
An empty lot stands across from the Cargill building, on the University's St. Paul campus, on Monday, Oct. 19.  The lot will be the site of the proposed Microbial Cell Production Facility.

University collaboration aims to further bioindustrial manufacturing industry nationwide

November 11, 2020
The University of Minnesota is currently collaborating with the U.S. Department of Defense and nonprofit organization BioMADE.
UMN constructs new committee to oversee all sexual misconduct hearings, including for staff and faculty

UMN constructs new committee to oversee all sexual misconduct hearings, including for staff and faculty

November 5, 2020
This committee will serve in a hearing process for sexual misconduct cases across all five system campuses.
University receives $75.4 million in state funding to be used for improvement and renovation

University receives $75.4 million in state funding to be used for improvement and renovation

October 24, 2020
This funding will go toward different projects around all five system campuses.
Regent Darrin Rosha speaks during a meeting on June 8, 2017. Rosha was among those who questioned the annual salary of Myron Frans in September 2020.

Appointment of Myron Frans as senior University leader prompts conversation about pay in higher ed

October 23, 2020
Frans will earn $399,000 annually as the senior vice president for finance and operations.
Boynton Health’s east bank location COVID-19 testing stations stands empty on Wednesday, Sep. 16.

University to mail each student a COVID-19 saliva testing kit via Vault Health

October 23, 2020
Costs for faculty and staff tests are covered by the state through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds, while the University is covering the costs of student tests.
Joan Gabel on Zoom

Gabel talks COVID-19 testing expansion, spring semester and University finances

October 17, 2020
The University president also discussed the status of the University’s finances and student tuition.
Freshman Rogan Isbell poses for a portrait outside the Link, an off campus residential building, on Tuesday, Sep. 29. Isbell intended to live in a dormitory this year, but had to find housing elsewhere as a result of the pandemic.  He signed a lease with The Link in August. “I’m just glad that I was able to find some housing, and not be too stressful on me personally.”

Nearly half of University-owned housing unoccupied for fall semester

October 1, 2020
Some students have opted to live at home or in off-campus housing this fall.
University announces plans for spring semester, proposes delaying spring break until April

University announces plans for spring semester, proposes delaying spring break until April

September 24, 2020
These updates were communicated in an email sent to faculty on Thursday.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel fields questions from the Minnesota Daily in her office on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.

Gabel breaks down MTest program, reflects on U’s actions throughout COVID-19 pandemic

September 18, 2020
The University president also discussed the review of UMPD and guidelines for residence halls.
Hailee Schievelbein

The University’s COVID-19 dashboard is live, but officials warn it’s incomplete

September 7, 2020

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) recently implemented a virtual dashboard that includes data on the prevalence of COVID-19 on the Twin Cities campus. The...

Moving carts fill the mailroom at Middlebrook Hall on Saturday, March 21. Many freshmen at the University of Minnesota moved out of University housing as a result of COVID-19.

University announces additional guidelines for students residing in University housing

September 1, 2020

The University announced additional guidelines for students residing in University housing in a systemwide email sent Tuesday. The new guidelines, called the Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan, limit time...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

Regents approve two weeks of online classes and move-in delay, discuss COVID-19 spread on campus

August 24, 2020

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents voted 8-3 to move fall undergraduate classes online for at least two weeks and to delay residential hall move-in at a virtual special meeting Monday.  The...

Social distancing signs flag down seats in Hanson lecture halls on Tuesday, July 28 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. All classes during July-mester enforced social distance protocols.

Breaking down the ‘July-mester’: A trial run for fall

July 31, 2020

The University of Minnesota is in the midst of its July-mester — select in-person classes serving as a trial run for the fall semester.  The University is using the July-mester to help determine...

Morgan La Casse

University extends travel restrictions as logistics remain uncertain

July 30, 2020

The University is adapting travel experiences for faculty and students this fall as restrictions get extended to Sept. 30.  The details of travel operations across the University of Minnesota remain...

The University’s Student Unions and Activities has recommended that student groups attempt to host all meetings virtually throughout fall semester.

Student groups develop plans for in-person meetings during fall semester

July 22, 2020

Student groups at the University of Minnesota will be allowed to meet in-person during fall semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to President Joan Gabel and other administrators.  These...

The University’s Student Unions and Activities has recommended that student groups attempt to host all meetings virtually throughout fall semester.

Student groups develop plans for in-person meetings during fall semester

July 22, 2020

Student groups at the University of Minnesota will be allowed to meet in-person during fall semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to President Joan Gabel and other administrators.  These...

The Medical School, the School of Dentistry and several graduate degrees in the College of Science and Engineering have special circumstances that exclude them from the tuition freeze for the 2020-21 academic year.

A closer look at the programs excluded from the 2020-21 tuition freeze

July 16, 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Joan Gabel froze tuition for students at the University of Minnesota for the 2020-21 academic year. Under this decision, approved by the Board of Regents...

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A dining area inside the Carlson School of Management sits empty.

University looks to extend food service contract with Aramark

July 16, 2020

The University of Minnesota’s office of University Services has brought forward a proposal to further extend its contract with Aramark Corporation. This extension is due to the financial implications...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Trump administration repeals ruling barring international students from taking entirely virtual courses

July 14, 2020

The Trump administration has overturned the ruling stating that international students taking all virtual classes were at risk for deportation. This ruling was made in a court hearing held Tuesday. According...

The Board of Regents convene for their October 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Regents talk retirement options, Title IX and fall semester at July meeting

July 10, 2020

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents discussed plans for fall semester, financial sustainability and Title IX policy changes in a virtual meeting held July 8 and 9. The board also held its annual...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

UMN launches study measuring University impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

July 2, 2020

The University of Minnesota is continuing work on a study that measures the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, faculty and staff. The ongoing study observes participants’ feelings towards the...

Illustration by Luis Mendoza

University administrators work to comply with Title IX policy

July 1, 2020

The University of Minnesota is in the process of revising portions of Title IX policy following new legislation from the U.S. Department of Education. These new guidelines will impact how the University...

An in-depth look at President Gabel’s systemwide strategic plan

An in-depth look at President Gabel’s systemwide strategic plan

June 24, 2020

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents recently approved President Joan Gabel’s systemwide strategic plan at their June meeting. The plan, formally titled the "Impact 2025 Systemwide Strategic...

Illustration by Luis Mendoza

Disability Resource Center works to implement ‘universal instructional design’ across classes

June 18, 2020

The Disability Resource Center is developing a system to make video captions and subtitles a universal standard for learning in classes at the University of Minnesota. Typically students who may need captioned...

The COVENTOR ventilator. (Image courtesy of UNews)

UMN COVID-19 ventilator designs released to outside manufacturers for free

June 16, 2020

The University of Minnesota released the design requirements needed to produce the COVID-19 ventilator, or Coventor, to outside non-medical manufacturers. The ventilator was developed by researchers at...