Gopher Connections Fall 2015

From Minnesota Alumni Fall 2015

Journey of Continuous Discovery

Carlson School of Management knows lifelong learning is an essential component of a vital community. Business, academic, and cultural communities flourish when we understand that true leaders never graduate, but are on a journey of continuous discovery. This philosophy underlies Carlson Executive Education’s Lifelong Learning certificate programs.

Taught by Carlson School faculty, these programs inspire professionals to discover their best selves and prepare for business challenges they face now and will face in the future. Two certificate options are offered: Certificate of General Management Excellence and Certificate of Distinguished Leadership and Business Administration. Explore which certificate best suits your learning needs at or call (612) 301-3918.

Alumni Association members receive a 20 percent savings on all Carlson Executive Education business programs.

A Health Club for the Mind

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offers more than 300 courses on subjects as diverse as astronomy, history, current affairs, literature, contemporary theater, landscape architecture, and more. Volunteers who are experts in their fields lead courses, and there are no tests—alumni and friends can simply enjoy learning from one another and discussing new things. In addition, more than 40 special interest groups provide enriching opportunities beyond the classroom in jazz, photography, knitting, play reading, and many other topics.

Fall term begins the week of September 21. Alumni Association members can join at a first-year rate of $190 for Basic Membership (4 courses per term, 3 summer), or $280 for Basic Plus Membership (6 courses per term, 4 summer).

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A Grand Space for Galas

Stunning interiors, award-winning D’Amico Catering, adjacent parking, and a spacious first-floor layout make the McNamara Alumni Center an ideal venue to host large celebratory events. With 10 versatile rooms, all located on the first floor, the Center offers clients the flexibility to create distinct experiences for guests by utilizing the entire floor plan. Such was the case for the St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development when it hosted the annual Make Them Shine Gala at McNamara Alumni Center earlier this year. A sold-out crowd of 500 guests enjoyed an evening filled with silent and live auctions, as well as live entertainment, amid the building’s unique architectural elements that include copper walls and star-shaped glass fissures. Pictured here is the live auction that took place in Memorial Hall.

Alumni Association fully paid life members enjoy special savings on McNamara Alumni Center space rental.

Get the most out of your membership

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association is the gateway to a more connected and engaged lifelong experience with fellow alumni and the University. Stay connected. Get the most out of your membership and take advantage of:

• Early registration access and discounts to many events throughout the year • Access to thousands of publications on selected U Libraries databases • NEW! 20% off gear at the University of Minnesota Bookstores all year-round. • And much more!

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