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Kaler talks athletics facility, TFA partnership

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on Monday for its monthly Kickin’ It with Kaler interview. Kaler talked about the new $190 million athletics facilities plan, the future of alcohol sales at Coffman Union and the potential Teach for America partnership with the College of Education and Human Development.   You seemed optimistic [about Norwood Teague’s $190 million facilities plan] during the July 10 Board of Regents meeting, [but] what concerns might you have?


Kaler talks athletics facility, TFA partnership

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler Monday for its monthly Kickin’ It with Kaler interview. Kaler talked about the new $190 million athletics facilities plan and the potential Teach for America partnership with the College of Education and Human Development. You seemed optimistic [about Norwood Teague’s $190 million facilities plan] during the July 10 Board of Regents meeting, however … what concerns might you have?


University forges new food safety partnerships with China

The National Center for Food Protection and Defense, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security center housed at the University of Minnesota, gained a new international partner this week. University President Eric Kaler and Li Xinshi, director-general of the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine, agreed to a memorandum of understanding on food safety, protection and defense issues during a signing ceremony July 25 in the Campus Club at Coffman Union.


University buys e-books, but students favor print

Electronic books, or e-books, are gaining popularity among college-aged students and educators, including those at the University of Minnesota. While e-books currently account for only 6 percent of textbook sales at University Bookstores, that number is growing, said assistant director Martha Hoppe. While colleges and universities nationwide invest in e-books, students still opt for traditional paper books for academic reading, according to a recent study.


University encouraging flipped classes for fall

Colleges and universities around the country have begun adopting new ways to use technology in education, and the University of Minnesota is no exception. Part of that shift is the implementation of flipped classrooms — courses that reverse the traditional lecture model with the use of pre-recorded lectures and online student forums. Many University professors are experimenting with the flipped classroom model, and in the coming year, even more courses are set to be flipped.


Students, teachers celebrate Upward Bound scholarship

Derran Bedward’s parents didn’t go to college, but he grew up knowing he would — even if it wasn’t always clear how he’d get there. “All my life, I’ve always been about breaking cycles,” he said. Bedward is one of 460 students who have participated in the University of Minnesota’s college readiness program, TRiO Upward Bound, and have also benefited from the “I Have a Dream” Scholarship over the past two decades.


New research VP Brian Herman unveils master plan for University research

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents heard from new Vice President for Research Brian Herman for the first time July 10, when he presented his plan for advancing University research initiatives. One of the University’s long-term goals is to be one of the top three research institutions in the world. “Our research really does define an absolutely critical element of this institution,” President Eric Kaler said at the meeting.


Regents approve alcohol at Northrop, Les Bolstad

The University of Minnesota may soon be able to sell alcohol at three new locations system-wide after Board of Regents approval on July 10. The Les Bolstad Golf Course, Northrop Memorial Auditorium and the University of Minnesota-Morris campus student center  were all approved to sell alcohol on-site. Northrop was allowed to sell alcohol on-site until 2011, when the license was not renewed because the building was under construction.


Kaler talks China, DOMA

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler Monday for its monthly Kickin’ It with Kaler interview. Kaler talked about his recent trip to China, new administrators, the effect of the recent DOMA ruling on the University and more.   You visited China at the beginning of this month. Can you talk about what you did, or some of the highlights?


Regents approve new alcohol licenses, U DREAM Act

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents passed measures allowing in-state tuition for undocumented students and applications for alcohol sales on campus Wednesday during their monthly meeting. During the two and a half hour meeting, the board also recommended a raise for President Eric Kaler, discussed University research and heard from University athletics director Norwood Teague. DREAM Act passes In a split vote, the board passed a resolution that will allow some undocumented students access to in-state tuition rates.