An Invitation to Alumni

From Minnesota Alumni Magazine Spring 2014

By Christine Tschida, Photograph By Sher Stoneman

As Provost Hanson so eloquently recounts, Northrop memories are powerful.


This spring, the memory making will start anew. Northrop will once again host graduation ceremonies for nearly 2,500 students, who will march proudly across the newly renovated stage to receive their diplomas. But in the weeks between our April 4 grand reopening and the start of graduation season, we hope alumni and the entire community will find Northrop a place to visit every day to experience something illuminating and exciting.

As it has been for much of its long history, Northrop will once again be the place—right in the center of campus—to see some of the best performing artists in the world today. Our gallery will feature exhibitions of visual arts and the new 168-seat theater on the fourth floor will be a venue for film screenings. Our new resident partners—the University Honors Program, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the College of Design Travelers Innovation Lab—will all contribute to the programming in Northrop’s many diverse spaces, realizing our new vision for the intersection of academics and performing arts. They will sponsor speakers, lectures, and symposia on topics as wide ranging as invasive species, the criminal justice system, and ancient Mayan civilization.

Final exams come close on the heels of our grand reopening, so the new student study spaces in six different lounges, paired with good coffee and snack items from our new café, are sure to attract a following and make Northrop a daily campus destination.

I invite alumni to start making Northrop memories once again. The grand reopening Gala is the weekend of April 4 through 6 and features American Ballet Theatre performing Giselle with live orchestra. That’s just the beginning! Visit our website at for more details on this and the wide array of events that follow.

Christine Tschida is the director of Northrop.

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