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Former Gopher Tony Dungy.

Former Gopher Tony Dungy guided his Indianapolis Colts to this year's Super Bowl championship.

Connecting alumni

From M, spring 2007

Huddle with the UMAA on May 8

Alumni and friends of the University won't want to miss the 103rd annual celebration of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association on May 8. The UMAA is proud to present featured speaker Tony Dungy (B.S. '78) and special guest Stan Freese (B.A. '68), along with members of the University of Minnesota Marching Band. The evening includes a reception and dinner.

As a Gopher quarterback in the 1970s, Dungy was an academic all-American who led Minnesota to winning seasons as a starter. He is head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and has led them to four consecutive division titles and the Super Bowl. Freese, a talented musician and delightful entertainer, has been with the Disney Corporation for 35 years and served as Disney's first ever world director of bands. He is currently the company's talent booking and casting director. Tickets are on sale now. Call the University of Minnesota Arts Ticket Office at 612-624-2345 or online.

Get behind the biosciences

You or someone you know has likely benefited from a medical breakthrough from the University of Minnesota. There are many, including the first open heart surgery, the development of treatments for diabetes, cancer-curing blood and bone-marrow transplants, and advances in treating Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

Through these discoveries, Minnesota has emerged as a leader in biomedical and related industries, employing 250,000 people and serving as home to companies such as Medtronic and St. Jude's Medical.

This year, the Minnesota State Legislature is considering the University's request for funding to establish the Biomedical Sciences Research Facilities Authority. (See cover story for details.) The University of Minnesota Alumni Association is committed to galvanizing alumni around this critically important initiative, as well as the University's 2008-09 biennial request.

Since last fall, the UMAA's advocacy committee has immersed itself in learning about the initiative, what promise it holds for the University and the state, and why it needs to be a legislative priority. The committee's work has led to a series of meetings throughout the state to educate citizens about the initiative.

The UMAA encourages you to become active in supporting the University at the legislature. To learn how to become involved and for the latest information on meetings in your area, visit the website or call 612-626-1417.

Receive Minnesota magazine

Minnesota magazine is a benefit of membership in the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.

The January-February 2007 issue includes a cover story on alumna Dr. Barbara Sigford, whose polytrauma unit treats U.S. service people with severe wounds, including traumatic brain injury; a feature on why corn-based ethanol won't save the planet but the alternative biofuels University researchers believe just might; and the first article in a two-part series exploring the history of Jewish students on campus.

Check out Minnesota content online. Contact us to receive a sample copy, or become a UMAA member and every issue will be mailed to you. Call 612-624-2323 or 800-862-5867.

Be the life of the UMAA

University president Bob Bruininks has noted that nothing is more important to the strength of the University than alumni and friends who care deeply about its future. One of the best ways to forge a lasting bond with the University is through membership in the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, an independent membership organization dedicated to connecting alumni, students, and friends in lifelong support of the University and each other. Life members make up almost a quarter of the UMAA's membership base of more than 56,000. Join the UMAA today or contribute to alumni programming at one of the other University campuses.

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Meet a life member

One of Jos? Gonzalez's enduring memories of his days as a student at the University is standing in long lines to register for classes, with one baby daughter in a "snuggly" on his chest and the other--a toddler--in a stroller. In those days, Gonzalez (B.A. '87) balanced book bags and diaper bags. Today, he balances family time and work as a program officer for the Bush Foundation with a deep commitment to the University.

A life member of the UMAA, Gonzalez, 50, serves on the president's Latino advisory committee at the U and is a proud supporter of the Chicano Studies department and Latino students and faculty.

"I am especially proud of the projects I've worked on with the admissions staff to make it as painless as possible for Latino students to apply to the U, to brainstorm alternate methods to improve outreach to Latino students, and to make the U and its many resources as accessible as possible," he says.

Click and vote

What problems should University researchers focus on in 2007? Should Gopher sports teams compete against teams with American Indian mascots or names? How did you finance college?

Visit the alumni association website and click on "Question of the Week" to give us your opinion on hot topics pertaining to the University of Minnesota and its alumni and friends. Every Friday, we'll post a new question and give the results from the previous week's poll.