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U of M to host Northrop press conference and media tour Nov. 21

Media is invited to tour the new Northrop and get a sneak peek of programming

November 13, 2013

Media note: Media interested in attending must RSVP with the number of guests to Brooke Dillon at bldillon@umn.edu or (612) 624-2801 by the end of the day Tuesday, Nov. 19.

WHAT: Press conference and media tour highlighting the progress and milestones of the historic Northrop revitalization; announcement of spring 2014 Gala weekend and April, May and June 2014 Grand Reopening events.
WHO
: Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson, Northrop Director Christine Tschida, Vice President for University Services Pam Wheelock and HGA Architects representatives.
WHEN: Thursday, November 21, 2:30-4:30 p.m.; opportunities for scheduled live shots and interviews with Northrop representatives from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Press conference: Coffman Memorial Union Room 324, 300 Washington Ave., N.E.; Media tour: Northrop, 84 Church St., S.E.

The press conference, which begins at 2:30 p.m. in Coffman Memorial Union Room 324, will feature speakers, including Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson, Northrop Director Christine Tschida and Vice President for University Services Pam Wheelock, and will highlight the Gala weekend and three months of Grand Reopening events and the unique new vision for Northrop. Immediately following, the media tour will showcase the progress that has been made in the historic Northrop building, including the renovated 2,692-seat performance theater, the addition of a 168-seat theater, gallery, café and coffee bar, study lounges, meeting spaces, and a new home for research and academic programs.

Following the tour, Christine Tschida, Karen Hanson and HGA architects will be available for media interviews.

About Northrop
An architectural treasure, Northrop is an enduring symbol of the University, the focal point of the Twin Cities campus, and the anchor of the Northrop Mall. Since opening in 1929, Northrop has served as the University's primary gathering place for the performing arts, concerts, academic ceremonies, and major civic events.

The new Northrop will serve as an epicenter of academic and cultural distinction and discovery that unites three University-wide signature programs: The University Honors Program, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the Innovation Lab by College of Design, along with Northrop’s legacy for presenting world-class artists and thought leaders. The New Northrop will fuel innovation and creativity, and serve students, faculty, artists, audiences, and the State of Minnesota.

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