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New alum Barber a role model for the ages

Marion Barber Jr.

Former Gopher football star Marion Barber Jr. came back to the U in 2015. In May, at the age of 57, he received his bachelor’s degree in youth studies.

Back home and up in the booth

Kyndra de St. Aubin holding a soccer ball

U of M alum and former Gopher soccer player Kyndra de St. Aubin will be the TV color commentator for Minnesota United FC—the only female in that role in Major League Soccer.

U of M to host Minnesota Sparks in St. Cloud


The event brings three U researchers—who are tackling the area’s critical issues—into conversation with the community. 

McCann takes place in history with marching band

Betsy McCann in action

Betsy Kerns McCann is the first-ever female marching band director in the Big Ten.

Changing the world: Clara Adams-Ender

Clara Adams-Ender

Clara Adams-Ender, the first nurse to command a major Army base, is the homecoming parade grand marshal. 

U of M to host Minnesota Sparks in Fergus Falls


MN Sparks brings U researchers—who are tackling the state's critical issues—into conversation with the community. 

Honoring the victims and survivors of 9/11

A photo of many American flags flying against a blue sky

The University of Minnesota will commemorate the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks with two events.

Daniel McDonald elected Chair of the U of M Alumni Association


Daniel McDonald, a partner at the law firm Merchant & Gould, is chair of U Alumni Association’s Board of Directors

Shaping Tomorrow: Kat Albrecht

Kat Albrecht

2016 graduates talk about how they plan to use their knowledge to better our future

Driven to Fight for Educational Equality

Aneesh Sohoni

U of M alumnus Aneesh Sohoni, recently named one of Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30 in Education” for 2016, talks about education reform and what drives him in his career.

A Champion for Education and Housing

Archie Givens at U Archives

He’s dedicated to building affordable housing and closing the achievement gap. Now former Gopher football player Archie Givens is being honored as this year’s homecoming grand marshal.

A Curiosity-Driven Life

Jessica Tarnowski

Jessica Tarnowski ’15 was always curious about the genetic basis of hereditary diseases. Now she helps those at risk for sickle-cell anemia and other conditions to access health care services.