U of M president to deliver annual State of the University address

What: U of M president to deliver annual State of the University address

When: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 2

Where: Coffman Memorial Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis

Media Note: All media is asked to RSVP to the event via email at unews@umn.edu or phone, 612-624-5551, by April 1 at noon.

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will outline his priorities and agenda for the upcoming year in his fourth State of the University address on Thursday, April 2 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Coffman Memorial Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis.

This year's address will touch on numerous themes, including efforts to strengthen the University's human subjects research program; the implementation of the Twin Cities campus's ambitious Strategic Plan; and the U's ongoing work around equity, diversity and a welcoming campus climate.  

There will be a moderated question-and-answer period following the address. Faculty, staff and students are invited to submit questions in advance.

President Kaler will also accept questions during the event via Twitter (using the hashtag #UMNsotu) starting at 3:30 and notecards submitted by on-site attendees at Coffman Theater. A limited number of live questions will also be accepted from all five campuses: live questions will be restricted to 90 seconds in length, per University Senate rules. 

The media is welcome to attend and record the speech and Q&A session. Kaler will be available briefly following the program for additional questions from media.

The following sites at U of M campuses across the state will host watch parties of the event in real time.

  • 101 Dowell Hall, 2900 University Ave., University of Minnesota Crookston
  • 173 Kirby Plaza, 1208 Kirby Dr., University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Learning Studio, Humanities Fine Arts Building University of Minnesota Morris
  • 398 University Square, University of Minnesota Rochester

The speech will be live streamed for those unable to attend.                                                             

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