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Kirby Student Center, c.1956

The Kirby Student Center is financed by Student Service fees and revenues from the game room, outing center, and conferences, and from contributions from Facilities Management. The Kirby Student Center was opened in 1956 and named for Stephen R. Kirby, a Duluth and Iron Range pioneer in industry, business and finance.

First Floor

Meet new people at the Kirby Lounge or the Underground--two favorite gathering spots for students or discover new bands and movies by attending free events offered by Late Night Kirby. Emerge into a leader by checking out one of the almost 200 student organizations, or by enrolling with the Kirby Leadership Institute. To find your place, connect with other students by visiting the offices of the Statesman newspaper, the UMD Student Association, the Kirby Program Board, Greek Life, or the varied organizations housed within the Multicultural Center.

There are five organizations that have office space on the first floor of the Kirby Student Center:

Kirby Program Board (KPB)

Kirby Program Board is a student-run organization that brings entertainment to campus including outdoor movies on the big screen, and run showings in the lounge; concerts such as Black Eyed Peas, Ben Folds, Soulja Boy and Brother Ali; regular spotlights on UMD's talented students, lectures such as "The Real Iraq War", and the Spring Meltdown Week events! All events are free or very inexpensive. KPB would love your involvement.

Late Night Kirby

Late Night Kirby is run by students, for students, providing fun & alcohol-free events 3-4 times a week, every single week of the school year. We put on musical and variety events that appeal to a broad range of the student body. Some of our most popular events include: Grocery Bingo, Heiruspecs, Open Mic Night, Quietdrive, and Craft Nights. All events are FREE!

Student Association (SA)

The official voice of the student body, SA houses programs like the Bulldog Taxi Program, Better Neighbors, and Student Legislative Coalition. We work with various administrative groups to review and solve campus concerns. If you are looking to get involved, stop by the office and ask about opportunities! Freshman elections are held in the fall and regular elections are held in the spring.

The Bulldog Taxi Program provides $3 Cab Rides to most places in Duluth between the hours of 9 pm and 6:30 am during the academic year. This is a great opportunity for students who do not have a car to get where they need to go, whether that's to the store, the bowling alley, a restaurant, work or somewhere else.

The Statesman

The UMD Statesman is the official student newspaper of the University of Minnesota Duluth. It is written, published, and distributed on a weekly basis. Each year there are close to 100 students that contribute to the process. Positions range from Editor in Chief, section editors, copy editors, reporters, and photographers to advertising representatives, business manager and production artists. It is a great way for students to express their point of view, while at the same time gaining an invaluable experience to incorporate into their resume.

Greek Life

Greek Life consists of seven organizations open to all students, who focus their efforts on leadership, service, and social interaction. As Greek organizations, we are well known for our service to the local community, a commitment to leadership and personal development for our student members, and enhancing student life activities around campus.

Kirby Information Desk

Serves as the information center of the University. The desk attendants are specially trained UMD students who are more than willing to help students with questions. Other services include: key check-out for meetings and events in the Kirby Student Center, lost and found, newspaper sales, poster and banner service, envelopes and typing paper, etc. Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) bus schedules are also available here.

Kirby Lounge

A central location where many students, faculty and staff gather to relax, talk, read a newspaper, or study. Debates, speakers, concerts and other campus activities often take place informally here at noon during the school year.

Council of Religious Advisors

Conveniently located in the Kirby Student Center.

The Underground (Game Room)

A newly renovated area offering video gaming set-up to students at a small fee (including XBOX, PS3, and Wii). The Underground holds two tournaments a week. There are also pool tables available for student's use and are FREE every Thursday night after 9:00!

Second Floor

Multicultural Center

The mission of the Multicultural Center is to enhance academic achievement, create a sense of belonging, celebrate diversity, and foster positive relations among UMD students, faculty and staff. Its offices and Student Associations include: Office of Cultural Diversity, African American Student Programs, Latino/Chicano Student Programs, Asian/Pacific American Student Programs, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Services, International Student Services, Women's Resource and Action Center, and the Office of Disability Resources.

Third Floor

The Rafters

Used for informal meetings, lectures, concerts, and workshops.

The Ballroom

Serves as a social and cultural center for events like dances, concerts, and lectures.

The Garden Room

A meeting and conference room

Meeting Rooms

Twelve rooms for students' activities.

  • Some of Late Night Kirby's most popular programs take place in the Rafters, such as Open Mic Night, Grocery Bingo, Texas Hold 'Em Tournaments, and Craft Nights.

Next Location

On the third floor of the Kirby Student Center is the Residence Dining Center. Turn right at the top of the stairs and it will be on your left.

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