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From the Dean Year in Review

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ALL IN THE FAMILY Graduate student Josh Boyer is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Paul Boyer, a former biochemistry professor who won a Nobel Prize.

The Nature of Giving End-of-Life Connections Inspired by the GI Bill A Circle of Giving Laurie Hennen

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Wall of Discovery, where notes and sketches from his grandfather’s Nobel-Prize-winning

Have you thought about planned giving?

New Digs for Itasca

Josh Boyer at the University’s

research on ATP are displayed.

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Itasca groundbreaking culminates years of effort.

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FROM THE DEAN

thank you. thank you. thank you.

Robert P. Elde, Dean

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This has been an outstanding year for the College of Biological Sciences. Private donors contributed $1.2 million for scholarships and fellowships during FY 2012, which makes it one of our best years for student support. And we awarded nine new scholarships and fellowships endowed by alumni, faculty and friends. That’s a record. It tells me you understand how difficult it is for students and their families to pay for a college education at a public university. Years ago, perhaps when you were in college, it was possible, in fact common, for a student to work his or her way through college with a part-time job and graduate without debt. As you know, those days are long gone. Today, students work and graduate with debt. Many go on to graduate or professional school where they incur more debt. Or they begin their careers in a discouraging job market. It’s a daunting scenario, but your growing support for them provides a silver lining in more ways than one. I’d like to quote student Kiley

Donors give students so “ much more than financial support. They believe in us. They give us the encouragement and confidence to follow—and achieve—our dreams. —Kiley Schmidt, CBS student

Schmidt, a senior who spoke on behalf of scholarship recipients at our annual recognition dinner this fall. “Donors give students so much more than financial support. They believe in us. They give us the encouragement and confidence to follow—and achieve—our dreams.” Kiley, a recipient of the Monica Tsang and James Weatherbee Scholarship, will use her CBS degree in a unique way, to pursue a career as a medical illustrator and animator. This was also the year the governor and legislature finally heard our collective voices and approved our $4.1 million request for the new campus center at Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories. Many of you have pledged your support for

the college’s $2 million share of the total $6 million in construction costs. We have commitments for $1.3 so far. I want to thank everyone who has contributed, and to especially thank Darby and Geri Nelson, Mary Kemen and Brian Randall, Bob and Bobbi Megard, Denny and Joan Dvergsten and the Bill Thoma family for their very generous commitments. I’d also like to thank CBS students who wrote personal letters and visited their legislators at the capitol. We have much to be thankful for this holiday season. Robert Elde

Dean, College of Biological Sciences


YEAR IN REVIEW

Fundraising Facts & Figures

$1,667,848

for Fiscal Year 2012 SCHOLARSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS

TOTAL FUNDS RAISED FROM PRIVATE DONORS

DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS

CBS awarded 135 scholarships and 25 fellowships in FY 2012. Awards ranged from $500-$3,000 for scholarships, $1,000-$20,000 for fellowships, and totaled $306,839. With a total of 2,157 students in CBS, there are many more who qualify and who need our help.

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SCHOLARSHIPS FELLOWSHIPS RESEARCH & OUTREACH ACADEMIC PROGRAM SUPPORT

NEW ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS • • • • • • • • •

Claudia Neuhauser Biology Scholarship Ross and Esther Johnson Scholarship Harold Paul and Mary Sisson Dey Morris Scholarship Richard and Ethel Rapp Scholarship John T. Stout Memorial Scholarship Danielson Family Scholarship Armstrong and Pothapragada Fellowship Huber Warner Fellowship in Molecular Biology Moos Fellowship in Aquatic Biology

NEW CAMPUS CENTER AT ITASCA* $1.3 million pledged by private donors $4.1 million allocated by 2012 Minnesota Legislature

FACULTY SUPPORT

How to make a gift: 1 2 3

Send a check in the enclosed envelope or donate online at www.giving.edu. (Click on Giving Opportunities). Whether you write a check or give online, be sure to note that your gift is for College of Biological Sciences scholarships. You may specify the scholarship if you like. Questions? Contact Laurie Hennen, hennen@umn.edu

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Nobel Laureate Paul Boyer in the 1950s, when he was a U of M biochemistry professor.

Graduate Student Josh Boyer.


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or 17 years Paul Boyer taught biochemistry at the University of Minnesota. He left for UCLA in 1963, continuing the research that won him the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1997. But he has always valued the time he spent at the U of M. “I have wonderful memories of my time in Minnesota,” says Paul, now 94. “The University provided excellent colleagues and students, labs, space, equipment. There was open discussion and a spirit of cooperation. We were committed to helping students understand the roles of chemistry in living things.” To express their gratitude, Paul Boyer and James Peter, a former postdoctoral fellow in Boyer’s laboratory group, established a scholarship for biochemistry students in the College of Biological Sciences. In a pleasing turn of events, his grandson, Josh Boyer, is a new graduate student in the University’s Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology Program. His focus is the biochemical basis of autoimmune diseases, particularly diabetes. “I suggested to Josh that he con-

All in the Family Graduate student Josh Boyer is following in the footsteps of his famous grandfather, Paul Boyer, a former U of M biochemistry professor who won a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1997 for discovering how ATP played its key roles in cellular metabolism. sider the University of Minnesota because I think the program is excellent,” says the elder Boyer. Josh, who grew up in Winona, Minn., earned a B.S. in biochemistry at the University of WisconsinMadison, where his grandfather did his graduate work. As a Minnesotan, he was familiar with the University of Minnesota’s reputation for biomedical research. He agreed with his grandfather that the U of M would be a good choice for him and began here this fall. Born in Provo, Utah, Paul Boyer got his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University. After graduation, he headed to graduate school at UW-Madison with his new bride, Lyda, at his side. They have been married for 73 years. In 1946 they moved to the Univer-

sity of Minnesota where he had been offered an assistant professorship in biochemistry. He calls that time a “golden era for biochemistry” with federal research grants “expanding at a rate equal to, or even ahead of, the growing number of meritorious applications.” Douglas Boyer, Josh’s father, was the youngest of Paul and Lyda Boyer’s three children. He went to UCLA Medical School and did his surgical residency at the University of California-San Diego, but he and Josh’s mother, who is from Iowa, opted to raise their family in Minnesota. Tragically, Doug died of cancer when Josh was only 15. Perhaps because he didn’t have the opportunity to discuss his education and career with his father, Josh’s grandfather played a critical role in guiding him.

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“As I got more involved in my studies and learned more about the work my grandpa had done, I understood him better,” Josh says. “His work wasn’t really work to him. He is so curious about everything. I talked to him when I started thinking about grad school and doing research. And he told me that if I enjoyed the exploration of ideas it would be the right thing,” Josh says. As his grandson notes, Paul Boyer is modest about his accomplishments, preferring to talk about the students who worked with him. He says today’s students will forge new research paths for future discoveries. “There is a quality in Minnesotans that appreciates how hard it can be to create knowledge,” Boyer says. “Anything I can do, through my small gift for the scholarship, to support the intellectual environment there, I’m happy to do. My gift is recognition that places of quality can make use of such funds. Money is hard to come by for our students today.” You can read Paul Boyer’s entire autobiography at Nobelprize.org

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s professor and director of the University of Minnesota’s Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling, Bonnie LeRoy feels that she just might have the best job in the world. “I love my job,” she says. “I can’t believe someone is paying me to do it.” Like many people, Bonnie feels it’s important to give part of what she earns. And for her, that means giving back to the institution that has allowed her to have such an interesting career. Bonnie’s husband, John LeRoy, recently retired from 3M, which matches employee contributions to nonprofit organizations, so that has doubled all of their gifts. The LeRoy’s most recent gift went to support the new campus center at Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories. Itasca is home to many CBS education and research programs, including Nature of Life, an innovative effort to introduce incoming freshmen to each other, faculty and the undergraduate curriculum. Bonnie teaches a Nature of Life seminar called “Your Genes, Your Choices,” a discussion of the ethical issues re-

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lated to the Human Genome Project. “The Nature of Life program really gives the students the opportunity to become a community and to learn what it means to be biologists,” she says. During the summer program, incoming freshmen live and study in small groups with faculty and peer mentors for three days at Itasca. They participate in three intensive seminars, each of which is led by a faculty member. Relationships that students form with each other, peer mentors and faculty while at Nature of Life create a network that serves them throughout their undergraduate careers. Bonnie and John met at a small private college in Michigan, where they both majored in biology. So he shares her enthusiasm for biology education and Nature of Life. They plan to continue giving to CBS to support the Itasca experience for students. “When we were in college, they just gave us a list of courses we needed to get our biology degrees,” Bonnie

The Nature of Giving Genetics Professor Bonnie LeRoy gives back to the College of Biological Sciences because she is grateful for the opportunity to learn, teach and work with inspiring people. says. “They didn’t provide a framework. They didn’t talk about what it means to be a scientist, what it means to do research and explore new ideas. With Nature of Life, CBS is offering that framework, which is really exciting for us and for the students.” Teaching at Itasca is only a small part of Bonnie’s work. Her focus is on fully preparing graduate students to enter the profession of genetic counseling, which is continuously changing and expanding, she says. She also conducts research on the ethical and social challenges associated with her profession. The University recognized her with its 2012 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Education. Bonnie says she has been “really, really lucky to work with such

incredible people. I’m always learning something. It’s exciting. When I was counseling clients in a clinic it was gratifying because I knew I was making a difference in their lives. Teaching and research are rewarding in a much broader sense.” Many other faculty give back to the University for the same reasons, she says. “We’ve all worked very, very hard to get to where we are. Entering the academic life involves many challenges, but to know that every day you come to work you will be learning and helping others to learn, to be involved in expanding the knowledge in your field, to be able to have stimulating and challenging discussions about the work you love— what could be better than that?”


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Bonnie LeRoy, CBS professor, and her husband John LeRoy support Itasca through their gifts to the college.

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As a hospice volunteer, CBS undergraduate Ben Dummer visits with patients in their homes.

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STUDENT PROFILE

End-of-Life Connections CBS undergraduate discovers the rewards of connecting with patients and families as a hospice volunteer and aims to be a family physician.

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hings started to fall into place for Ben Dummer shortly after he became a freshman at the College of Biological Sciences a little more than three years ago. He wasn’t really sure at that point what he wanted to major in or do with a biology degree. A friend who was working in a campus lab told Ben about a job opening. Ben got the job and found himself assisting faculty who were doing research on Alzheimer’s disease. At the same time his freshman mentor, who was a volunteer at Fairview Home Care and Hospice, got Ben involved as a hospice volunteer. “So there I was, working in the lab, learning about progress University researchers were making against Alzheimer’s disease, and then seeing patients in hospice care who were living with the disease,” Ben says.

When he was a senior in high school, Ben had observed his grandfather, a doctor, receive care through a hospice service before his death. He was impressed by the quality of the care. The experience made a lasting impression. A plan was beginning to emerge. The connections between these experiences inspired Ben to consider medical school. Scholarships have helped him keep that goal in sight. Ben received the University’s Iron Range Scholarship as a freshman. This year, CBS awarded him the Juliamarie Andreen Grilly Undergraduate Research Scholarship in Molecular Biology. The $1,500 scholarship came at the right time. “It made a difference,” Ben says. Now a senior majoring in genetics, cell biology and development, Ben is planning to become a family doctor

like his grandfather. “Both of my parents are elementary school teachers in Cambridge, Minn. where they have taught for years,” he says. “They have a good connection with their community. As a doctor, I would like to have that experience, too.” Ben’s grandfather didn’t practice in a small town, but he had a strong connection with all of his patients. “He would get to know families, deliver their babies, and see their children grow,” Ben says. Ben is attracted to family medicine and the ability there is in family practice—even in this age of group health plans—to “develop relationships that last decades. My experience as a volunteer in hospice, where you’re working with the family as well as the patient, showed me how rewarding that is,” Ben says. But he also learned that hospice, like any field, has its challenges. “My first patient was difficult. He would get irritable and I could tell that he just didn’t want me around. I learned fast that not everyone needs the same thing at that point. Not everyone is going to love me.” But he went on to build rewarding relationships with many other hospice patients and their families. “Basically the volunteers are there to provide companionship,” he says.

“We visit most of the people in their homes to offer respite for the family caregivers. He once discovered that a patient he was visiting loved to play cribbage, an interest he shares. “After that, we played every time I visited as he told me about his life.” Another memorable patient was an elderly man in a care facility. He was suffering from severe dementia and had no family. “It was very sad,” Ben says. “I visited him every day and always tried to get him up and outside for a walk. Each person is different. I want to go into family medicine so I can continue to make those kinds of connections.”

Juliamarie Andreen Grilly Scholarship The Grilly scholarship supports undergraduate students engaged in molecular biology research. It was established by Edward Grilly to honor the memory of his wife, Juliamarie, who earned a microbiology degree from the University in 1946 and spent her career as a research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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fter a distinguished 35-year career as a biochemistry professor, Wayne Luchsinger is retired but his curiosity is still working. He keeps up with the latest research via academic journals in biochemistry, molecular science and genetics, and other areas of science. “The work going on now in genetics continues to amaze me,” he says. He also enjoys learning about other areas of science, including cosmology. Wayne began his career at the University of Minnesota, receiving all three of his degrees (B.S. in agriculture, M.S. and Ph.D. in agricultural biochemistry) from the University. He finished his graduate work in 1956. His obsession with learning has continued to guide his work since then. To help the current generation of students follow their own curiosity wherever it will lead them, he established the Wayne and Sadie Luchsinger scholarship fund in the College of Biological Sciences in 2006 for freshmen of promise who are interested in biochemistry. Since then correspondence and phone conversations with the scholarship recipients have provided some of his most enjoyable moments in retirement,

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he says. In fall 2012, CBS awarded 10 Luchsinger scholarships for $1,000 each. “I’ve spoken to several recipients and get letters from all of them,” he says. “I do enjoy that quite a bit, hearing about their studies. I’ve always enjoyed students. Some of my former students still send me Christmas cards.” Wayne attended the University of Minnesota on the G.I. Bill, 1944 legislation that provided returning WWII soldiers with an array of benefits. “Students need a little help to get started,” he says. “I did back then so I just wanted to give back something to help them out. I got an excellent education in Minnesota and I’m grateful for that.” Wayne especially remembers one of his professors, Paul Boyer (profiled on page 6), who went on to UCLA after teaching at the U of M from 1946-63 and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1997. “He was very inspirational,” Wayne says. Like Paul Boyer, Wayne remembers the time during his graduate studies in the early 1950s as a golden age for biochemistry. “We were seeing an explosion of knowledge after the

Inspired by the GI Bill After World War II, the G.I. Bill helped launch Wayne Luchsinger’s quest for knowledge. Now retired after 35 years as a professor, he funds a scholarship to launch students on their quest. war,” he says. “Genetics was advancing rapidly and was a fascinating subject at the time. I wanted to learn everything I could about molecular biology and genetics.” He did find time in those days for the occasional football game, he admits, with his wife Sadie, who passed away in 2007, or with friends. “Usually a few of us went whenever there was a home game. I remember the stadium and how enjoyable it was to relax at the games.” He adds with a small chuckle, “The team was not very good. But that wasn’t really the point. We just enjoyed getting out. It was an inexpensive form of entertainment.” Wayne and Sadie Luchsinger lived in what was then called Veterans Village, housing that is still standing just to the south of the St. Paul campus and is still home to University

graduate students. “I didn’t have a permanent job at the time. I just did odd jobs,” he says. “For fun I went to school and studied.” Wayne says that after serving in the military, his driving goal was to get his graduate degree and “a good job.” Looking back at his career, he says he is most proud of his 50-plus scholarly publications and the many outstanding graduate students who worked with him at the University of Arizona, where he taught for the last 18 years of his career. Wayne is now remarried. He and his second wife, Geri, a former teacher from Chicago, met at the retirement community where they both live. They enjoy community activities and spending time with their children and grandchildren.


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Alumnus Wayne Luchsinger, retired from his career as a biochemistry professor, enjoys helping CBS students.

“We were seeing an explosion of knowledge after the war. Genetics was advancing rapidly and was a fascinating subject at the time. I wanted to learn everything I could about molecular biology and genetics.” —Wayne Luchsinger

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STUDENT PROFILE

Undergraduate Nora Ali, who has benefited from two CBS scholarships,

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A Circle of Giving Nora Ali appreciates scholarships because they enable her to spend more time advocating for groups that don’t have access to adequate health care.

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ora Ali spends a lot of time volunteering to help others. So she deeply appreciates the help she gets from CBS alumni and donors through scholarships. Last year she received the Harold Paul Morris Memorial Scholarship and this year CBS awarded her the Monica Tsang and James Weatherbee Merit Scholarship. “Getting these scholarships was such a relief,” Nora says. “It meant I didn’t have to look for an off-campus job. Managing classes, activities and an off-campus job is almost impossible. The scholarships have allowed me to focus on academics and extracurricular activities on campus.” Nora, an honors student majoring in biochemistry, is a senior in CBS. She hopes to attend medical school and earn a dual MD/MPH degree with a focus on public health research to help populations that don’t receive adequate health care.

“I think I’ve always been attracted to science in one form or another,” she says. “As a child, I was interested in astronomy. In high school, I was fascinated by biology. And then I absolutely fell in love with biochemistry.” Her love of science is balanced by her interest in Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies. And she is working in the Medical School’s Program in Health Disparities Research, which is perfectly aligned with her goals as a medical professional. “I just love the program and the work they are doing,” Nora said. “It’s a great match for me. I’m really lucky to be at the University of Minnesota where such a thing exists and I can be a part of it.” Nora leads an incredibly busy extracurricular life while maintaining top grades and working on campus. Her primary activity is Circle of Giving (COG), a student organization

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that seeks to educate other students about health disparities and inspire them to become involved. Last year, Nora served as president of COG and this year she is secretary. The group focuses on working with underserved communities and addressing health disparities. “It’s a win-win kind of thing,” Nora says. “We’re raising awareness about an important issue, raising funds and having a great time doing it.” COG sponsors health-related group volunteer projects and workshops for leadership development, and helps members develop service projects based on their interests. “Last spring we volunteered with the Starlight Children’s Foundation, working with kids who have chronic diseases,” Nora says. “We put together a big event for them, the Starlight Prom. We helped to plan it, arranged for the food, games and music. It was a lot of work but it turned out very well. It was wonderful.” COG hosts one big event every semester, usually a dinner or a series of lunch lectures to support their cause, future events and other club activities. Nora admits it takes a lot of time, but like her studies in CBS and work in the Medical School, her extracurricular activities feed deliberately into her long-term goals. She’s happy to admit, “I am pretty focused.”

Harold Paul Morris Memorial Scholarship Alumnus Harold Paul Morris, who earned a B.S. in 1925 and a Ph.D. in 1930, had a distinguished career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Cancer Institute. His son, Emory Morris, established this scholarship to honor his father and support outstanding undergraduates majoring in biochemistry or genetics who plan agriculture, nutrition or health careers.

Monica Tsang and James Weatherbee Merit Scholarship This scholarship was established by R&D Systems, a subsidiary of Techne Corporation, to honor the outstanding contributions of longtime executives Monica Tsang and James Weatherbee. The scholarship supports undergraduate students who have shown a commitment to academic achievement in biology.


Is the College of Biological Sciences

in your estate plan?

You know how difficult it has become for CBS students and their families to pay for a college education. And you’d like to help. But while you may have a nice nest egg, you may be concerned about how much of that you will need over your lifetime to cover your own expenses or provide security for your family. Planned giving offers a solution. The most common option is to make a gift from your estate to support CBS, yet retain the use of your assets during your lifetime. This allows you to modify your gift over time as your circumstances change. Estate gifts can be made through your will or revocable (living) trust agreement. Using the appropriate beneficiary designation form, you can name CBS as the beneficiary of your retirement plan or IRA, life insurance policy, bank accounts, or stock portfolio. For all of these gifts, you can choose whether you want to support undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, faculty or programs. Many CBS alumni and friends have found planned giving to be a good option for them. Future gift commitments through planned giving to the college currently total nearly $5 million. And it’s so easy. All you need to do to document your gift with the University is to submit a letter of intent, a

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one-page document that can be found online at giving.umn.edu (click on forms, then letter of intent). Please share your gift plans with us so we can acknowledge your generosity, clarify how you wish your gift to be used, and welcome you into the Presidents Club Heritage Society. There are amazing stories woven through all of these generous gifts. For instance: A friend of the college, who is not even an alumnus of the University of Minnesota, believes so strongly in the CBS mission that she has left a testamentary bequest of $100,000 in support of undergraduate student scholarships. Positive experiences with faculty often inspire estate gifts. Seventy years after graduation, a biochemistry Ph.D. made a bequest for a fellowship honoring a beloved professor. Another alumnus generously made a $200,000 bequest to establish a named scholarship for biochemistry students. There are other types of planned gifts that provide benefits such as life income and attractive tax advantages, including charitable gift annuities and charitable trusts, which CBS alum and donors have utilized to support their areas of interest. We’re fortunate to have a wonderful planned giving officer with whom I have worked for years to help our alums and donors fine tune their legacy gift. For additional information, or to discuss the type of gift that might work best for you, please contact Susan Hommes at the University of Minnesota Foundation, shommes@umn.edu. As always, you can contact me directly at, hennen@umn.edu.

Laurie Hennen Development Director


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Itasca gets new digs Groundbreaking marks a new beginning for Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories

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our shovelfuls of glacial soil flew into the air on a chilly and somewhat wet fall day in late September as ground was broken for the new campus center at Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories. President Eric Kaler joined Dean Robert Elde and Regents Clyde Allen and Tom Devine to do the honors, as about 60 donors and alumni huddled under the tent. Earlier, the rain threatened to send the ceremony into the dining hall but since breaking ground indoors just isn’t the same, the decision was made to brave the weather, which didn’t appear to dampen the guests’ enthusiasm. “It was a very joyful, emotional event,” says Elde. “Everyone there had a personal connection to Itasca and worked together to share the Itasca experience with future generations of students. The groundbreaking symbolized our success in making that happen.” 
 The new campus center, which replaces three obsolete buildings, will provide 12,000 square feet of technology-enabled laboratories, classrooms and offices, a multipurpose room that accommodates 150 people, a library/ computer room, and three administrative offices. It will be constructed for year-round operation, provide for a 20 percent increase in capacity during peak season, and ultimately meet all of its energy needs. Architectural plans were completed in November 2012 and construction bids will be solicited in January 2013. Construction begins in April 2013 with completion expected in December 2013. The College of Biological Sciences launched an effort to raise public and private funds for the campus center in 2009-2010, during the field station’s

University Regent Clyde Allen, College of Biological Sciences Dean Robert Elde, University President Eric Kaler, and Regent Tom Devine wield shovels at the groundbreaking for the new campus center at Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories.

centennial celebration. After three tries, funding was finally approved. This May, Governor Mark Dayton signed a capital bonding bill proposed by the legislature that included $4.1 million for Itasca.
 “We presented our request to the legislature during three successive bonding sessions,” Elde says. As more of you joined us, our collective voice became louder. Last spring the legislature heard us and at last understood how special Itasca is and how vital it is for biology education.” CBS is responsible for $2 million of the $6 million projected construction budget. Thus far, donors have committed $1.3 million. The auditorium, lobby, pavilion, labs and a writing room will be named to recognize donors. Longtime Itasca supporters who have made particularly generous gifts include alumni Darby and Geri Nelson, alumnus Denneth Dvergsten and his wife Joan, alumnus Mary Kemen and her husband Brian Randall, retired professor Robert Megard and his wife Roberta, and the Bill Thoma Family. Several naming opportunities remain. There will also be a donor wall, which will name individuals and families who make new pledges of $5,000 and $1,000. Donors may secure a spot on the wall with a $1,000 pledge paid off over three years. For information about room naming opportunities and the donor wall, contact Laurie Hennen, hennen@umn.edu. renew |

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE CBS Donor Honor Roll FY2012 The College of Biological Sciences gratefully acknowledges the following donors, who have generously provided support for Itasca, Cedar Creek, scholarships and fellowships, research and a variety of initiatives. Every gift makes a difference.

$5,000 + 3M Company Ajinomoto Company, Inc. Bruker Biospin Corporation The Cleveland Foundation Lenore B. Danielson M Denneth C. and Joan L. Dvergsten M Robert P. Elde Alan R. Flory Charles M. Goethe* Estate Richard A. and Judi Huempfner

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Esther L. and Ross G. Johnson Mary C. Kemen and Brian C. Randall M Whitney and Betty MacMillan J. Emory Morris Bradly J. and Terry L. Narr M Darby M. and Geraldine M. Nelson Howard V. O’Connell, Jr. M Thomas E. Oland C. J. Rapp Pittman University Kebangsaan Malaysia University of Oslo WEM Foundation

$1,000 - $4,999 3M Foundation, Inc. Pamela A. Anderson and Peter M. Torgerson M Art Guild, Inc. Carl V. Barnes David A. Bernlohr M Marcia F. Birney Greg and Bridget Buckley Clark R. Burbee M Eric W. Burton M Chancellor International Wildlife Fund Congdon Family Fund of the Denver Foundation Carol J. and J. David Cumming M Bryce A. Cunningham M Robert R. and Barbara L. De La Vega M The Dow Chemical Company Foundation Thomas F. and Patricia A. Gillespie Frederick E. Goetz Rosemary H. and David F. Good Susan C. and John R. Jungck M Valerian B. and Carolyn Kuechle Bonnie S. and John P. LeRoy John S. and Theresa R. McKeon Robert O. and Roberta A. Megard M Milton Meyer Foundation Cheryl L. and George G. I. Moore Patrice A. Morrow Seward H. Mott Claudia M. Neuhauser David L. Nieland M Hong Pan and Charlie Jing M Gary L. Pearson

Steven E. and Amy Wynn Pratt James R. and Patricia M. Pray M Clare and Jerome Ritter Rockethub,B76 Inc. Gary B. Silberstein M Kenneth R. Skjegstad Thomson P. Soule Robert F. Soule B. Linn and Patricia A. Soule Joyce M. Stout Technical Manufacturing Corporation Kipling Thacker and Kevyn K. Riley M Louise and Ben* Thoma M Heidi L. Thorson M G. David and Catherine E. Tilman Katherine M. Walstrom M Edward M. Welch M Wells Fargo Foundation Robin L. Wright M Shye-Ren Yeh

$500 - $999 Abbott Laboratories Fund Christine M. Ambrose Jeffrey J. Anderson John S. and Rebecca H. Anderson M Karl J. and Cheryl Aufderheide Allan Baumgarten and Marilyn Levi-Baumgarten M Judith G. and Michael Berman David D. Biesboer M Joanne J. Brooks Richard S. Caldecott M Michael F. Coyle M


Timothy L. Eaton Themis P. Economou M Linda L. Eells M Maxine A. Enfield M ExxonMobil Foundation C. Allison and James R. Gaasedelen M Gloria G. and Kerry B. Gunning M Perry B. Hackett Jr. Marshall A. Howe Thomas R. Jacques James C. Underhill Scholarship Natural History Fund Martha K. and Arthur K. Johnson Mara M. LaRock M Max A. and Erika E. Lauffer David A. Lee M Patricia R. Lewis Melanie O. and Jack J. Manis John A. Mayo M Kelly Moran Mark L. Ostlund and Dana L. Battles M David L. Peterson M Jean S. Phinney David S. Pratt M Max A. Quaas Timothy I. Richardson Olga I. Robinson Sandra K. Rosenberg and James E. Liston Jr. M Gloria H. and Orlando R. Ruschmeyer M Jocelyn E. Shaw and J. Stephen Gantt Judson D. Sheridan Sigma-Aldrich Corporation Paul G. and Deanna K. Siliciano Steven J. Thompson Barbara M. and Douglas G. Veit Qiang Xiao and Lizhen Gui M

$250 - $499 Carolyn W. Arndt La Vonne M. and Paul B. Batalden Marc D. Berg M Biogen Idec Foundation, Inc. D. Gordon Brown Cindy J. Brunner M Laura S. Brunner M

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