University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will give the University of Minnesota Morris' commencement address at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. "MORRIS, Minn. - Eric Kaler, President of the University of Minnesota, will serve as the 2012 Commencement speaker at the University of Minnesota, Morris.
Only the second alumnus to have the position, Kaler became he 16th president of the University of Minnesota on July 1, 2011.
Kaler received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in 1982. He went on to become one of the nation’s foremost experts on “complex fluids,” which are used in many applications, including drug delivery, the biotech industry, food processing, and the manufacturing of coatings and paints.
From 2007-2011, Kaler served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York. He was also Stony Brook’s vice president for Brookhaven National Laboratory affairs.
Previous to his time at Stony Brook, Kaler was a member of the faculty at the University of Delaware from 1989-2007. He served there as chair of the Chemical Engineering Department from 1996-2000 and then as dean of the College of Engineering from 2000-2007. He was named the Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1998.
Kaler has received many awards and recognitions for his research, including election to the National Academy of Engineering in 2010. He is a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society. He authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, been a consultant to numerous companies, and served in a variety of positions in several professional societies. In 2006, he was chair of the American Chemical Society’s Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry. In 2012 he was named a fellow of the Neutron Scattering Society of America.
Commencement will be held on the campus mall at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2012. The public is invited to attend to hear Kaler’s speech or watch the streamed event online at morris.umn.edu or listen to the address on KKOK radio, which will broadcast the event."
"More than 300 seniors will receive their bachelor of arts degrees during the 49th Annual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Commencement will take place on the campus mall at 1:30 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the P.E. Center.
Commencement Day will begin with a buffet lunch and division receptions from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Student Center. The Commencement ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the campus mall.
A pre-commencement concert and music during the ceremony will be performed by the Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Simon Tillier, teaching specialist of music, and the Concert Choir, under the direction of Ken Hodgson, associate professor of music. Additionally, Rachel Busko ’12, Fergus Falls, accompanied by Symphonic Winds, will sing “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Student Color Guards Abdala Bashir ’14, St. Paul, and Winnie Lindstrom ’13, White Earth, will lead the processional. Mace Bearer will be Paula O’Loughlin, professor of political science. Student Marshals for the ceremony are Jayna Flanders ’13, Paynesville, and David Ruprecht ’13, Paynesville. Faculty Marshal is Ted Pappenfus, associate professor of chemistry. Chancellor Jacqueline R. Johnson will provide the welcome and recognition of special guests. University of Minnesota Regent Clyde Allen will give remarks. Graduating senior Manjari Govada, Shakopee, will speak on behalf of the graduates.
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will provide the graduation address. Kaler received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in 1982. He went on to become one of the nation’s foremost experts on “complex fluids,” which are used in many applications, including drug delivery, the biotech industry, food processing, and the manufacturing of coatings and paints. Only the second alumnus to have the position, Kaler became he 16th president of the University of Minnesota on July 1, 2011.
In recognition of the campus’ origins as an American Indian boarding school, a Native American Honor Song will be performed by the Midnite Express Singers to recognize and pay tribute to the Class of 2012.
Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean Bart Finzel and Chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics, Peh Ng will present the class of 2012. Regent Allen will confer the degrees. University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association president Tony Schuster ’02, will welcome the new graduates as the newest members of the alumni association.
Following the ceremony, a reception will be held in Oyate Hall in the Student Center. Commencement guests are invited to view the 2011 Senior Art Show in the Humanities Fine Arts Gallery before and after the ceremony.
95.7 FM, KKOK, will be broadcasting live from the event. Tune in to hear Kaler’s address and celebrate the graduating students’ accomplishments."
"MORRIS, Minn. - On Saturday, May 12, 2012 more than 300 seniors received their bachelor of arts degrees during the 49th Annual Commencement ceremony at the University of Minnesota, Morris.
Attached is a photo gallery from commencement along with video excerpts from University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler's graduation address.
Look for a recap of the event in next Saturday's edition of the Sun Tribune. "
"The University of Minnesota-Morris graduates of 2012 got their diplomas on a sun-drenched afternoon. The campus mall became filled with well-wishers exuding an air of anticipation.
We had music, speeches and inspiration.
This was the 49th commencement for our "jewel in the crown" institution. Where has the time gone?
I remember year one, when the U of M president came out here in UMM's still-fledgling days. That individual was O. Meredith Wilson. The town really rolled out the welcome mat.
People may have forgotten, but UMM's footing wasn't all that solid in the very earliest days...
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