Kevin Beckman


Trump announces UMN professor as intended nominee for administration post

A University of Minnesota health care economist in an intended nomination for a post in President Donald Trump’s administration. Stephen Parente, a Carlson School of Management health care economics professor, was announced as Trump’s intended nominee Friday for assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the U.S.

Despite legal contention, UMN goes foward with elevator demolition

The University of Minnesota is proceeding with the demolition of the Electric Steel elevators near TCF Bank Stadium despite legal attempts to halt the process. Demolition of the elevators began last month, even with an ongoing legal dispute with the Friends of the Electric Steel Elevators, LLC — a group trying to preserve the structure, which they claim is historic.

UMN IT consolidation reflects broader admin trends at school

The University of Minnesota is undergoing significant changes to make its administrative structure more efficient. The school is currently searching for a new vice president of information technology, who will inherit a department that has gradually become more centralized under University President Eric Kaler’s plan to cut administrative costs $90 million by 2019. The consolidation effort is part of a trend across other large areas of University operations, like finance, University Services and Government and Community Relations.

Higher education funding bills far from UMN's requested $147.2M

Recently passed spending bills by the Minnesota Legislature would provide significantly less state money for the University of Minnesota than requested by the school. The House higher education omnibus bill, passed by a 77-53 vote Tuesday, recommended the University receive $22 million of its requested $147.2 million biennial budget increase.

UMN School of Nursing to expand mental health services

The University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing is expanding mental health services to underserved parts of the state. After receiving a $2.1 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the School of Nursing will partner with the Amherst H.

UMN Spring Jam 2017 lineup announced

The lineup for this year’s Spring Jam was announced Monday. The lineup includes headliner A$AP Ferg, Jon Bellion, Robert DeLong and Bad Bad Hats.

UMN student assaulted and robbed on West Bank Sunday

A University of Minnesota student was assaulted and robbed near the Carlson School of Management Sunday night, according to a campus-wide alert. The assault and robbery happened at around 8 p.m., according to the University of Minnesota Police Department report.