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October 26, 2011
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U of M President Kaler to visit Duluth and Cloquet Oct. 27-28

Who: U of M President Eric Kaler
What: Visit to U of M, Duluth campus and the U's Cloquet Forestry Center
When: Thursday and Friday, Oct. 27-28
Where: Duluth and Cloquet

The president of the University of Minnesota, Eric Kaler, will make his first visit to the University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) campus and the university's Cloquet Forestry Center this Thursday and Friday, Oct. 27-28.

While in Duluth, he will tour a range of campus academic and research activities, host an all-campus public forum and speak to the Duluth Rotary and at the UMD Center for Economic Development's 25th anniversary celebration. He will be welcomed to campus Thursday morning by the MA-IIN-GAN Singers, who will perform an honor song featuring a traditional Ojibwe drum from the Fond du Lac Reservation.

Additionally, Kaler will be meeting privately with area legislators. He will be joined on the visit by his wife, Karen, and Regent David McMillan, of Duluth, as well as other senior university leaders.

"Our presence in Duluth and Cloquet is of critical importance to the university and the economic vitality of northern Minnesota," Kaler said. "I look forward to visiting with Chancellor Black and his team, students, faculty and staff as well as our local partners and community leaders."

The president's public events:

Thursday, Oct. 27

Kaler will start the day with a tour of the Cloquet Forestry Center, which is the university's primary research and education forest. The center serves the research, teaching and education needs of Minnesota's natural resources community. It is also home to U of M Extension's Cloquet Regional office. More information at

10:35 a.m. Kaler will be welcomed to the Duluth campus by UMD's American Indian Learning Resource Center in the Marshall Performing Arts Center. The MA-IIN-GAN Singers will perform an honor song featuring a traditional Ojibwe drum from the Fond du Lac Reservation. The singers are led by Mike Munnel, UMD's first American Indian studies graduate.

12 noon. Kaler will speak in front of the Duluth Rotary luncheon at approximately 12:40 p.m.

Radisson Hotel
505 W. Superior St.

5 p.m. Kaler and Black will give opening remarks at the UMD Center for Economic Development's 25 anniversary celebration. For more information about the center, visit

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
Harborside Ballroom
350 Harbor Drive

Friday, Oct. 28

Kaler will spend Friday morning touring the university's Natural Resources Research Institute.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Kaler will host an all-campus forum with students, faculty and staff at the Kirby Student Center.

Kaler is the 16th president of the university and comes from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, where he was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Inaugurated on Thursday, Sept. 22, Kaler is the second university alumnus to serve as president of Minnesota's land-grant and research university.

Appointed as the ninth provost of Stony Brook in October 2007, Kaler received his undergraduate degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1978 and his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1982.

Prior to his appointment at Stony Brook, Kaler was a member of the faculty of the University of Delaware from 1989 to 2007. He served as chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1996 to 2000 and dean of the College of Engineering from 2000 to 2007. He was an assistant professor and an associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Washington from 1982 to 1989.

For more information about Kaler and his priorities, visit the president's office website,

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