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Michael Goldman

What does it mean when an international organization promises to end poverty by 2030? What does "free trade" really mean for the average U.S. citizen and why should we care?

Ophelia, by Sir John Everett Millais

The topic of suicide is highly sensitive, laden with emotion and social stigma. The troubling nature of this subject makes many averse to talking about it, much less coming to terms with the knowledge that a loved one may be considering such an action. But when people are in such torment that they consider taking their own life, the last thing they need is to feel isolated from those around them.

Christopher Bielke quote

“After dropping out of college six years prior to enrolling in the Multidisciplinary Studies (MdS) program, I didn't feel like there was much I could do that would utilize the credits and skills I learned previously without having to start from scratch," says 2014 CCE alum Christopher Bielke.

July 24, 2015

MBS Alum Tinen Iles

Tinen Iles has always been a biology buff with a love for the outdoors. Now, this recent Master of Biological Sciences (MBS) program graduate has combined these passions in her work studying hibernating black bears in northern Minnesota.

July 21, 2015


Did you know the University of Minnesota has a curator of meteorites? Do you know the differences between a meteoroid, a meteorite, a meteor, and a bolide? What even is a bolide, anyway?

The B.A.S. in Information Technology Infrastructure (ITI) is a nationally recognized, four-year practitioner-oriented degree, with a curriculum designed and taught by industry professionals and University faculty. Courses focus on actual business issues, relate classroom experiences to the workplace, and tie directly to industry trends and demand. The new faculty director for the program is Mark Langanki, a long-time U instructor and chief technology officer for the tech integration and consulting group ConvergeOne.

June 18, 2015

Dr. Jenzi Silverman and participants will study several classic jazz, rock, and R&B albums in her course on popular musicians influenced by the original blues greats.

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are here, and they're spreading. And not only spreading, proliferating: infiltrating our treasured waterways at an exponential rate, causing alarm and confusion, and leading to millions of dollars in new government spending for AIS prevention, control, and research. According to University of Minnesota professor Dr. Peter Sorensen, failure to recognize and act on the hazard posed by AIS "is akin to sitting on the train tracks and watching the train come." So what's to be done to turn that tide? Is it even possible?

Brandon McNellis

Brandon McNellis, the 2015 CCE Commencement student speaker, always knew he wanted to pursue a degree in business, but until the end of his sophomore year, he wasn’t sure of a specific direction. He chose Manufacturing Operations Management (MM) because he saw that this degree would give him a broad preparation for the many areas of business that interest him. The applied nature of the degree gave him real-world relevancy, and the flexibility of it allowed him to pursue a focus on supply chain management.

Muhammad Jiwa

With an Inter-College Program (ICP) major in wildlife science, whole systems healing, and sustainability studies, it's evident that Muhammad Jiwa’s studies have been varied, to say the least. Jiwa is interested in everything from ecofriendly buildings and biomimicry, to working for nonprofits and launching multiple businesses, while ultimately returning to exotic animal veterinary school. This summer he’s reaching out to Twin Cities area mosques to incorporate environmental studies into the Sunday school curriculum for children, hoping, he says, to inspire youth in how they approach the concerns of their time.