The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is a regional branch of the University of Minnesota System located in Duluth, Minnesota, USA. As Duluth's public research university, UMD offers 12 bachelor's degrees in 75 majors, graduate programs in 20 fields, a two-year program at the School of Medicine, a four-year College of Pharmacy program, and a Doctor of Education program
The chief executive officer of UMD is Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin. She has been Chancellor since November 1995.
After the school had been rebuilt, many new additions were made, including new faculty and a new president. In April 1901, Eugene W. Bohannon was appointed president of the Duluth Normal School. In 1902, the school opened for business. Women came to the school to be trained for a highly sought-after degree in education. By 1903, seven women received their diplomas from Duluth Normal School. In 1906, the first ladies dormitories were established and opened, costing the school around $35,000 to build. Living on campus was much cheaper and much easier for everyone. Throughout the next few years, more dormitories, two new wings, and an auditorium were added to the school. By the time these additions were finished, tuition was increased and requirements, such as having a high school diploma, were put in place in order to apply to the school.
In 1921, the Duluth Normal School was renamed to the Duluth State Teachers College, also known as DSTC. Shortly after the renaming, bachelor’s degrees and four-year degree programs were added to the school. In 1929 men began to come to the DSTC, and along with them, the first sports teams including hockey, football, and basketball. All of these generated money for the school, and attracted many more students to the school over the years. By 1937, people were fighting to make DSTC a University of Minnesota branch to increase funding and the overall reputation of the school. It was not until 1947 the DSTC became part of the University of Minnesota system and was again renamed, this time to the University of Minnesota Duluth, or UMD.
UMD has experienced a revamping of student amenities and subsidized research facilities over the past seven years, beginning in 2000 with the completion of a new library. Additional buildings built since 2000 include the Weber Music Hall, Swenson Science Building, Sports and Health Center addition, and the new Labovitz School of Business. With the construction of these new buildings comes a plethora of new art on campus. All new public building projects in Minnesota must comply with the state's “One Percent for Art” law, passed by the State Legislature in 1984, which mandates that all such projects in Minnesota costing over $500,000 must devote at least 1% of their total construction budget towards incorporating public art into these building's public spaces. A little over 1% of the library's $28 million construction costs went toward the purchase and installation of a glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly that hangs from the ceiling of the two-story library lobby. 2005 saw the completion of the Swenson Science Building, a new student dining facility and a revamped UMD themed gift shop as well as the replacement of the famed coffee cart with the Northern Shores Coffee Shop. An high outdoor sculpture adjacent to the Swenson Science Building makes reference to elements of Duluth's surrounding native American Ojibwe culture. The sculpture was designed by John David Mooney and is called "Wild Ricing Moon," and represents the traditional wild rice harvest. "Wild Ricing Moon" was completed on June 2, 2006.
The colleges and schools at the University of Minnesota Duluth are:
In the 1920s and early 1930s, a man by the name of George P. Tweed and his wife Alice began collecting European and American paintings from the 19th and early 20th century. After Mr Tweed's death in 1946, Mrs. Tweed saw the potential educational resource that her husbands collection possessed for the community. And in 1958 helped fund what is today the University of Minnesota Duluth's Tweed Museum of Art. Today the museum holds over 5,000 works of art.
Marshall A. Alworth Planetarium
The Marshall A. Alworth Planetarium was built by Marshall A. Alworth, a benefactor to the school for many years. Marshall grew up in Duluth and attended Duluth Central High School and later also attended Dartmouth College. Marshall has donated many scholarships and which to this day are worth over $35 million.
The Marshall A. Alworth Planetarium has a dome and a Spitz A3P star machine. The planetarium can seat up to 70 people, projects approximately 1500 stars. The planetarium also holds a historical telescope that once belonged to John H. Darling.
Weber Music Hall
The relatively new Weber Music hall which was built in 2003 by famous architect César Pelli, is considered the "gem" of UMD. The state of the art hall has amazing acoustics and can seat 350 people.
UMD's athletic teams are called Bulldogs (after the 148th Fighter Wing). The school competes in the NCAA's Division II in all sports except ice hockey. Both the men's and women's hockey programs compete in the Division I Western Collegiate Hockey Association. They are also known for having a strong club sports program, especially in lacrosse, rugby, and ice hockey.
Cross Country, Football, Hockey, Basketball, Track, Baseball
Cross Country, Soccer, Hockey, Basketball, Track, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis
The UMD women's hockey team has won 4 Division I National Championships in 2001, 2002, 2003, & 2008.
Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Bowling, Golf, Table Tennis, Broomball, Hockey (4 on 4), Basketball (Co-Rec., 3 on 3), Curling, Volleyball (4 on 4)
There are many UMD organized sports clubs that both men and women may join together. Some of the clubs include: Alpine Skiing, Badminton, Dance Team, Dodgeball, Martial Arts, Rowing, and Table Tennis. Men's clubs include: Lacrosse, Hockey, Rugby Football, Soccer, and Ultimate Frisbee. Women's clubs include: Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, and Ultimate Frisbee.
There are several Greek Organizations students can join ranging from local to national, service and social. Organizations include Gamma Sigma Sigma, Beta Lambda Psi, Phi Sigma Sigma, Alpha Phi Omega, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Alpha Nu Omega, Phi Kappa Psi and Greek Council. Students must be an active member of a fraternity or sorority in good standing before serving on Greek Council.
Bike Club, Kayak & Canoe Club, North Shore Climbers, Outdoor Educators Club, and Wuda Wooch!
Paddling the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness: paddle your way through the majestic lakes of BWCA Climb Devil’s Tower: climb the Devil’s Tower National Monument in Wyoming Backpack Porcupine Mountains: backpack the Porcupine Mountains in Michigan The Rock Hill Adventure: trail running and canoeing, or kayaking Trail Running/ Trekking: run , while paddling the Circumvent Rock Pond 15 times Homecoming 5K Trail Run: participate in the annual 3.1 mil trail run in the Bagley Nature Area
There are a variety of group fitness programs at UMD. These programs are open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. You must first purchase a group fitness pass before participating in any of the classes. These classes include; Butts & Gutts, Cardio Mix, Circuit City, Hip Hop, Kardio Kick, Pilates, Piloga, Pump & Tone, Power Yoga, Spin & Core, Step, Step & Sculp, Vinyasa Yoga, and Yoga Inspired Stretch. Massage therapy, personal training, tri teams, and kinesis are also available at UMD.
Wild Mushroom Exploration: learn interesting facts about mushrooms
FYI Duluth by Van: explore wild historical areas of Duluth, while aboard a 15-passenger van
Eyes on the Skies: discuss the basics of Raptors, their identification, and experience live Raptors upclose
Catt’ in the Louie: learn about fishing and invasive species
Apple Cidering: gulp down a glass of cider while learning the interesting facts about it
Bog Walk: Learn about and hike in a local bog.
Road Bike to Two Harbors: take an invigorating tour towards Two Harbors
Buckthorn Pull: volunteer to help Bagley Natures Area forests
Rollerblade Munger Trail: rollerblade your way through the nearby Munger Trail
Lumber Jill: Tandem log sawing, axe throwing, yolk racing, pancake eating, and campfire building
Superior Hiking Trail Day Hike: get out and experience the wonderful trails of Duluth
Strangers in the Night: learn about owl migration and their interesting facts
Paper Mill Tour: take a tour of the Paper Mill in downtown Duluth
Remarks Honoring the 2001 NCAA Women's Hockey Champion University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs.(George W. Bush)(Brief Article)
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A clear message to students: Get help; University of Minnesota Duluth program could help save lives.(NEWS)(Editorial)
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