Blair Emerson


U wants state funding for health care

University of Minnesota health leaders want to tackle the state’s health care shortfalls — but they say they need more state funding to do it. The University is requesting $34.5 million from the state Legislature in its 2016-17 biennial budget. If allocated, the University says the money would help address shortages of health professionals, improve care for the elderly, strengthen research in chronic diseases and increase the public’s access to health care resources.

U seeks $6 million for studies on mining

The University of Minnesota is requesting $6.25 million from the state Legislature to address the environmental, health and economic impacts of Minnesota’s mining industry. The multimillion-dollar “mining solutions” initiative, a part of the institution’s $1.3 billion 2016-17 biennial budget request, will support students and researchers studying the effects of mining, which many University and government leaders say is a leading issue in the state.

Hestness retiring in summer

University of Minnesota police Chief Greg Hestness will retire in June after serving more than 11 years as the University’s assistant vice president for public safety and chief of police, he announced last week. After 40 years of police work and a tenure at the University marked by declining crime and high-profile campus events, the Minneapolis native won’t return to his post as head of University police when his appointment expires June 15.

Whyte studies U's death response

When University of Minnesota marching band member Robert Brau died in an August motorcycle accident, the 300-person band dedicated its entire 2014 season to his memory and School of Music students organized a memorial service.

Medical School gets board’s eye

University of Minnesota regents are keeping administrators on their toes as the Medical School’s leaders work to boost its prestige. This month, a Board of Regents committee reviewed the school’s progress toward improving its national ranking, a goal set last year when faculty members created a long-term strategy with designs to attract research dollars and revamp scholarships.

U bracing for shifting Minnesota

Over the next six years, Minnesota’s high school graduation rates are projected to flatten. At the same time, the state’s older population will outnumber younger residents, putting a new strain on public funds. University of Minnesota leaders are preparing a response to those trends and other forecasts that are poised to affect colleges across the state.

A ‘jigsaw puzzle’ of funds

Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a three-part series examining the University of Minnesota’s efforts to garner state funds for building maintenance. The previous pieces were published Oct. 1 and Oct. 8.   For years, the University of Minnesota has waged careful battles with the state Legislature to ensure it has funding for building maintenance and repair needs. And this year, administrators are testing a new strategy to make up for lost ground.

Regents approve budget

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents gave a green light to President Eric Kaler’s latest budget request and discussed a new health care agreement at its latest meeting Friday. Kaler’s 2016-17 biennial budget request includes a tuition freeze for graduate and professional students who pay in-state tuition. Administrators updated the board on a new health care brand, and regents approved several items at their monthly meeting last week, including a finalized strategic plan.

Old buildings hinder work

Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a three-part series examining the University of Minnesota’s efforts to garner state funds for building maintenance. The first part was published Oct. 1.   Montserrat Torremorell is limited in the research she can conduct at the University of Minnesota.

Kaler talks ticket policies, tuition freeze

Just a week before the Board of Regents will vote to approve University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s 2016-17 biennial budget request, the Minnesota Daily sat down with him on Friday for its monthly Kickin’ it with Kaler interview. The president discussed his intentions to roll out the institution’s strategic plan, educational events the University will offer the week before the Washington Redskins play on campus, and his experience taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.