University of Minnesota

Support the U Day rally to be held at State Capitol March 27

March 27, 2014

What: Support the U Day at the Capitol
When: 12:30 p.m., Thursday, March 27
Where: Room 316, Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St Paul

University of Minnesota students from all five system campuses will rally at the State Capitol Thursday, March 27, to urge legislators’ support for the U’s $232.7 million capital investment request.

The annual student-organized "Support the U Day" will also provide participants a chance to meet one-on-one or in small groups with their lawmakers. More than 200 students have registered to attend.

MSLC leaders have invited the following individuals to speak during the rally: Sen. Terri Bonoff (chair) and Sen. Jeremy Miller (ranking minority member), Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee; Rep. Gene Pelowski (chair) and Rep. Bud Nornes (Republican-lead), House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee.

The day’s events are as follows:

  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Registration, Coffman Memorial Union Theater (U of M campus)
  • 12 p.m. – Buses arrive at State Capitol front steps
  • 12:15 p.m. – Rally, Room 316, State Capitol
  • 1-3 p.m. – Student meetings with legislators

The event is organized by members of the Minnesota Student Legislative Coalition (MSLC). Transportation is provided to and from the Capitol, with shuttle buses running between Coffman Memorial Union and the Capitol’s front steps.

The six projects that constitute the University’s 2014 capital request include:

  • $100 million for HEAPR (Higher Education Asset Preservation and Restoration), to renew and help bring buildings up to code for health, safety and accessibility purposes;
  • $56.7 million for renovations to 87-year-old Tate Laboratory, to meet the modern teaching needs of physical sciences disciplines;
  • $30 million for a new microbial sciences research building on the St. Paul campus, to house interdisciplinary research to speed discoveries in plant pathology, food safety and animal infectious diseases, key areas for growing Minnesota business and industry;
  • $10 million for the Crookston campus wellness center, to better serve a growing residential student population;
  • $12 million for the research laboratory improvement fund, which includes the St. Paul campus aquatic invasive species and bee laboratories; and
  • $24 million for a new chemical sciences and advanced materials building on the Duluth campus, to provide research space to advance Minnesota’s mining industry while safeguarding the environment, as well as help meet the state’s growing need for chemists and biochemists.

For more information on the University of Minnesota’s 2014 capital request, visit

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