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September 19, 2013
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UMD Proud: Six of the Duluth News Tribune's "20 Under 40" are Bulldogs

Today's Duluth News Tribune's announcement of "20 Under 40" includes six people who are either UMD alumni or professors.

The annual list of 20 leaders who are younger than 40, "a spotlight on young talent in the Northland," lists the following people with UMD connections:

1. Aliina K. Charging Hawk
A UMD graduate continuing her education in the Masters of Tribal Administration and Governance program and working with the Minnesota Indigenous Youth Freedom Project (MIYFP). Charging Hawk says, "Helping and watching those who come from the same past as I do succeed gives me an indescribable feeling of warmth, hope, and happiness."

2. Jill Doerfler
An associate professor of American Indian Studies who says, "I want to contribute to developing a Tribal Sovereignty Institute at UMD and making UMD a place that helps Native Nations find answers to contemporary issues, a place to partner on research initiatives."

3. Daniel Fanning
Fanning is Duluth's community relations officer, working closely with Mayor Ness. He received a Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership from UMD and says, "Give back as much as you take, and be a contributing member of society."

4. Adam M. Pine
An assistant professor of geography and director of the Urban and Regional Studies program at UMD. In his profile, Adam says, "I'm passionate about a form of community/university interaction that benefits students, faculty and the larger region."

5. Dave Schaeffer
A YMCA Mentor Duluth and Harbor Highlands director who got his master's of education from UMD with a concentration in environmental education. Dave says, "I moved to Duluth in 1998 after enrolling in the master's of education program at UMD, which has one of the best environmental education graduate programs in the nation."

6. Ryan Stauber
A 911 dispatcher and UMD alumnus. Stauber recommends embracing the Northland, "The culture here is optimistic, friendly, encouraging and ever forgiving, be part of it."

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