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Annual Report 2012-2013



Tricia Bunten

Chief Development Officer

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Thank you for your generosity to the University of Minnesota Duluth


Now, more than ever, your gifts to the University of Minnesota Duluth make a difference. While UMD is a state-supported institution, nearly 80 percent of UMD’s operating budget is funded through tuition. College would be out of reach for many students if it weren’t for the generosity of our donors.

During the past fiscal year, nearly 1,000 UMD students received privately funded scholarships. Gifts have also enriched a world-class educational experience at UMD through support of programs, faculty, and facilities.  

Also this year, the University of Minnesota Foundation and Minnesota Medical Foundation merged to create
a single foundation, operating as the University of Minnesota Foundation to enhance support of excellence, provide even greater efficiencies, and better serve donors. We are pleased to recognize these important contributions to our campus. In fiscal year 2013, generous donors made more than $12.5 million in gifts to support UMD students and programs. In addition, the UM Medical School-Duluth received more than $2 million in gift support.

As we look forward to another great year, we want to thank you for paying it forward and celebrating the “can do” spirit that makes UMD such a special place.

Thank You and Happy New Year,

Lendley “Lynn” Black


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Jianli Yang

Those who can,
calculate the possiblities.

Jianli Yang
Janet Jasper Scholarship

Her love of math launched the adventure of a lifetime.

Jianli Yang traveled from her home in Hangzhou, China, to study accounting at UMD and to immerse herself in a foreign culture. She shared her numerical knowledge with fellow students by tutoring them in math and statistics. In turn, they helped her improve her English. It’s all added up to enhanced skills and new friendships. 


Katrina Newman

Those who can,
help others reach their full potential.

Katrina Newman
Karen Stromme Basketball Scholarship

UMD women’s basketball team captain Katrina Newman credits coaches and educators for helping to develop her talents. Katrina found an inspiring role model in UMD’s assistant athletic director Karen Stromme, who has guided hundreds of Bulldog scholar-athletes. Now Katrina is poised to begin mentoring others as an educator and a coach, sharing her love of math and basketball with middle school students. 


Chern Ping Wong

Those who can,
celebrate Mother Nature’s melody.

Chern Ping Wong

UMD C.L. Edson Music

Scholarship and the Beverly & Erwin Goldfine Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Some think that getting a degree is a matter of fulfilling requirements. Chern Ping Wong knows it’s about finding fulfillment.

Chern completely embraces life 9,000 miles from his home in Malaysia. He came to Duluth to study music performance and when he tickles the ivories, audiences are wowed. But it’s when he’s off stage and in the north woods that Chern truly hits his note.

Donovan Sather

Those who can,
are mindful of the message.

Donovan Sather
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Endowed Scholarship

To some, the voice of the elders speaks loudest.

When Donovan Sather was 10 years old, a medicine man offered him a new name for a new direction, “Mikinaakoons,” which means Little Turtle in Ojibwe. The elder advised Donovan to help whenever he saw a turtle crossing the road. This was a metaphor for what Donovan would do with his life: empower his people. Donovan is learning how through UMD’s Master of Tribal Administration and Governance program. 


Topaz Cooks

Those who can,
refuse to let tragedy dictate the last scene.

Topaz Cooks
UMD Martha Lahti
Scholarship and
Marshall Center Award

Topaz Cooks lives the adage “the show must go on,” even when others would draw the curtain.

In 2012, her dad was tragically killed in Minneapolis. After sitting shiva, Topaz returned to UMD, finding a resiliency that would make her dad proud. Her set design won a major theatre award, and she made the Dean’s List. Topaz found inspiration in her Lahti Family Foundation scholarship, started by Martha Lahti, another person who lost a parent too soon. 


Those who can,
take creativity into uncharted water.

UMD student chapter
of the American Society
of Civil Engineers

Private gifts make
student competitions, like
the concrete canoe
competition, possible.

Some challenges seem nearly impossible.

UMD students have been given the task to formulate a concrete mix lighter than water. A team of civil engineering majors, led by senior Pete Demshar, is building a canoe frame, laying down mesh, pouring concrete, and practicing paddling in order to finish first in the
concrete canoe competition.

List of Alumni donors by class year

List of Donors (in alphabetical order)

List of Organizational Donors (in alphabetical order)

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