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University of Minnesota Regents visit Rochester to highlight UMR's health and community partnerships

November 7, 2013

Five members of the University’s Board of Regents, including Chair Richard Beeson and Vice Chair Dean Johnson, are visiting the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) campus today to learn first-hand how UMR’s integrated curriculum is uniquely preparing students to solve complex problems, lead tomorrow’s health care workforce and improve quality of life in southeastern Minnesota.

Regents Thomas Devine, Peggy Lucas and David McMillan will join Beeson and Johnson in meetings with UMR Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle and his leadership team, faculty from the Center for Learning Innovation (CLI) and current students. Regents also will meet with Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede and other key city leaders.

"We are in an exciting and important time for the University of Minnesota Rochester," said Beeson. "UMR’s location and proximity to Mayo Clinic provide immense opportunity. But this institution stands apart because of Chancellor Lehmkuhle’s innovative approach to learning and the UMR’s collaborative, community-based vision. With health care and related industries becoming ever more critical to the economic and overall prosperity of Minnesotans, UMR is poised to enhance our state’s leadership."

Today’s visit coincides with Lehmkuhle’s "State of the Campus Address," an annual community event to report on UMR’s progress, its unique educational programs and its role in the region. The program will also include comments from a member of the Class of 2013, UMR’s inaugural graduates.

Regents will tour the University Square campus and the new 318 Commons, an innovative mixed-use retail, office, classroom and residential development. The group will also visit the Mayo School of Health Sciences.

Located in downtown Rochester, only one block from the nation’s premier medical provider, UMR is uniquely positioned to provide students with a world-class health sciences education. An integrated curriculum infuses health and biosciences into all aspects of students’ academic experiences, graduating tomorrow’s health care professionals. UMR delivers for its students in cost-effective ways, including leveraging local partnerships to create distinctive development opportunities for students.

The University’s impact extends throughout the Rochester area. More than 5,000 Olmsted County residents are graduates of the U of M, and together they hold nearly 6,600 degrees, including advanced degrees in medicine, law, engineering and veterinary medicine. Last semester, the U’s five statewide campuses enrolled 1,295 students from Olmsted County alone.

Together with the UMR campus, the Rochester Regional Extension Office and the Olmsted County Extension Office account for 265 jobs in the area, resulting in nearly $18 million in economic impact.

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