Alumni Celebration

alumni celebration

This year’s Alumni Celebration will coincide with the U of M Homecoming. Medical School alumni are invited back to campus to share in the festivities with faculty, fellow alumni and current students. Reunion dinners will be held for the classes of 1958, 1963, 1968, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, and 2008.

Directions and Parking

We're very excited to welcome alumni to the annual Alumni Celebration this week.  Below is information on getting to campus and the best place to park.

Getting to Campus

From Interstate 94:

  • Take exit 235B for Huron Blvd SE
  • Once off of the ramp, take an immediate left onto Fulton Ave SE
  • Drive straight on Fulton Ave SE until it becomes East River Pkwy at the all-way stop
  • Continue straight on East River Pkwy for 1/4 mile 
  • Turn right into East River Garage parking ramp

From Interstate 35-W northbound (from southern suburbs):

  • Take exit 17C for 3rd St toward U of M West Bank
  • Keep right, following signs for Cedar Ave/Washington Ave/East Bank
  • Turn right onto Washington Ave SE
  • Once you cross the river, turn right onto Delaware St SE
  • Turn left onto East River Pkwy
  • Turn left into East River Garage parking ramp

From Interstate 35-W southbound (from northern suburbs):

  • Take exit 18 for 4th St SE toward University Ave
  • Turn left onto University Ave SE
  • Turn right onto East River Rd (at 14th Ave SE)
  • Continue to follow East River Rd/Pkwy 
  • Turn left into East River Garage parking ramp

Parking

For all Alumni Celebration events, we recommend that you park in the East River Road Garage, located behind Coffman Memorial Union.  This garage is connected by tunnel to Coffman Union and is a short walk down Delaware Ave SE from the Mayo Building where the Medical School is housed.  On Thursday evening, those attending class reunions can pay a flat fee of $7 if they enter after 5 pm.  On Friday, regular parking rates of $3 per hour (daily maximum of $12) will apply.  Those opting to park in ramps or lots other than East River Garage may encounter different rates.

  • Schedule
  • Event Details
  • Reunion Attendees
  • Football Tickets
  • Lodging
  • Schedule

    Thursday, October 4

    5:30–9:00 p.m.     Class Reunions for Classes of 1958, 1963, 1968, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, and 2008
    Campus Club

     

    Friday, October 5

    8:00 a.m.     Registration opens
    Campus Club

    8:30-9:30 a.m.     Breakfast and Dean's Welcome
    Campus Club

    10:00-11:45 a.m.     Medical School at 130: Celebrating Our Past, Building Our Future
    Diehl Hall 555 & Moos 1-430

    12:00-1:30 p.m.     Lunch and Panel on Physician Wellness and Resiliency
    Beacon Room, University Recreation and Wellness Center

    2:00-3:00 p.m.     State of Medical Education
    Jackson Hall 2-137

    3:00-4:00 p.m.     Medical Discovery Team Presentations
    Jackson Hall 2-137

    4:30-6:00 p.m.     Homecoming Reception*
    Campus Club

    6:00 p.m.     Homecoming Parade Viewing*
    University Ave near Pleasant St SE

     

    Saturday, October 6

    2:30 or 3:00 p.m.     Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. University of Iowa Hawkeyes*
    TCF Bank Stadium 

     

    * indicates events open to all M.D. alumni.  If you are an alumna/alumnus who is not having a milestone reunion this year, but you are interested in attending any of the unstarred events, please contact Maureen Long at mlong@umn.edu or call 612-626-8045.

  • Event Details

    Thursday, October 4

    5:30–9:00 p.m.     Class Reunions for Classes of 1958, 1963, 1968, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, and 2008
    Campus Club

    Alumni celebrating reunions from the classes of 1958, 1963, 1968, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, and 2008 will gather for class-specific dinners at the Campus Club.  The cost for this event includes appetizers, dinner and select beverages.  A cash bar will be available.

     

    Friday, October 5

    8:00 a.m.     Registration opens
    Campus Club

    Registration opens at 8 am for registrants to pick up their reunion packets, visit with fellow alumni, and prepare for an engaging day.

    8:30-9:30 a.m.     Breakfast and Dean's Welcome
    Campus Club

    Join fellow alumni for breakfast and hear from Dr. Jakub Tolar, dean of the Medical School, regarding his vision for the Medical School and what his role as Vice President for Clinical Affairs means for medical school students and residents.

    10:00-11:45 a.m.     Medical School at 130: Celebrating Our Past, Building Our Future
    Diehl Hall 555 & Moos 1-430

    The Medical School is celebrating its 130th anniversary in 2018. These two 45-minute tours will take you through our past and into our future as a world-class medical school. Two groups will move from one tour then to the other.  Each tour group will have a maximum of 25 people.

    What Lies Beneath: an Unconventional Tour of the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine - Led by curators with a flair for storytelling, this immersive tour explores three collection elements for the price of one. Visitors can investigate the Wangensteen Historical Libraries new exhibit, Secret Lives of Books, which features a mini-exhibit case guest curated by Dr. Jakub Tolar, Dean of the Medical School. Participants will also have the opportunity to closely examine and turn the pages of selected rare and well-known books spanning five centuries of anatomy, medicine, and surgery. Finally, they will be invited to lend a hand to curators by helping to identify mysterious, historical medical objects.

    Building the Future: A New Health Sciences Education Center - The new Health Sciences Education Center is getting ready to transform health education at the University of Minnesota. Get a sneak peek, walk in the shoes of future students and explore the building's innovative new classrooms and spaces using a mixture of 3D models and virtual reality.

    12:00-1:30 p.m.     Lunch and Panel on Physician Wellness and Resiliency
    Beacon Room, University Recreation and Wellness Center

    Enjoy lunch, reminisce with fellow alumni and meet current medical students.  Dr. Katharine Nelson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, will lead a discussion on the importance of health and wellness for physicians.  A panel of students and alumni will share their experiences and ways to combat physician burnout. 

    2:00-3:00 p.m.     State of Medical Education
    Jackson Hall 2-137

    Traditionally medical education is divided between preclinical and clinical studies. The former consists of the basic sciences such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, and pathology, while the latter consists of teaching in the various areas of clinical medicine. While this is still a key approach to medical school, the University of Minnesota Medical School is rethinking medical education. Hear from Dr. Mark Rosenberg about our advances in education, including the BA to MD program, Longitudinal Clerkships and other innovative teaching practices.   

    3:00-4:00 p.m.     Medical Discovery Team Presentations
    Jackson Hall 2-137

    The University of Minnesota Medical School plays a crucial role in leading healthcare transformation. In 2014, Medical Discovery Teams (MDT) were created to support the Medical School's efforts to increase national preeminence and to achieve the goals of improving patient and population health, lowering costs, and improving health care experiences. In these brief, casual presentations, each interdisciplinary team will share how they are working to solve the world’s biggest challenges in the areas of Addiction, Biology of Aging, Optical Imaging and Brain Science and Rural & American Indian Health Disparities.

    4:30-6:00 p.m.     Homecoming Reception* 
    Campus Club

    Medical School alumni from all graduation years are invited to gather to celebrate, reconnect and reminisce at the Campus Club.  The cost of the reception includes appetizers and select beverages.  A cash bar will be available.

    6:00 p.m.     Homecoming Parade Viewing*
    University Ave near Pleasant St SE

    Celebrate Homecoming with the entire University community!  One of the oldest traditions at the University, the Homecoming Parade begins at 6:30 pm and will run down University Avenue.  We’ll gather on University Avenue near Pleasant Street to watch the parade and show our collective Homecoming spirit.

     

    Saturday, October 6

    2:30 or 3:00 p.m.     Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. University of Iowa Hawkeyes*
    TCF Bank Stadium 

    Cheer on the Golden Gophers as they take on the Iowa Hawkeyes at TCF Bank Stadium.  A block of tickets in Section 201 has been held for Medical School alumni to be able to purchase at a discounted price.  Tickets must be purchased separately from Alumni Celebration registration.  To purchase, visit https://z.umn.edu/ac2018football.

     

    * indicates events open to all M.D. alumni.  If you are an alumna/alumnus who is not having a milestone reunion this year, but you are interested in attending any of the unstarred events, please contact Maureen Long at mlong@umn.edu or call 612-626-8045.

  • Reunion Attendees

    Below are the alumni who have registered for reunion dinners on October 4.

     
    Class of 1958

    Louie & Pat Banitt
    David Berman
    Gene & Ingeborg Hunder
    John & Rachel Levitt
    Miriam Naumann & Kenneth Kauffman
    Lavonne Painter
    Len & Linda Schloff
    Larry Schochet
    Wayne & Patricia Schrader
    James Silver
    Frank & Christopher Whiting

     
    Class of 1963

    Richard & Nory Adams
    Michael Bell
    Allen & Karen Bergh
    Charles Crutchfield-
    Phillip & Sandra Edwardson
    Charlie Ehlen
    Paul & Linda Engebretson
    Larry Gallagher
    Stu & Gail Hanson
    Jim & Jan House
    Brad & Audrey Johnson
    Jim & Kathleen Keplinger
    Tom & Arlene Koelz
    Brian Krasnow
    Janet Lindquist
    Tony Nesse
    Spencer & Judith Robnik
    Pat Ryan & Steve Black
    John & Jan Sargent
    Hugh & Sharon Scanlon
    Richard & Cy Sletten
    Jon & Jan Stratte
    David & Peggy Swanson
    John Vener

     
    Class of 1968

    John & Lorelei Bergman
    Thomas Cairns
    Dale Dobrin
    Rodney & Pat Dueck
    Jim & Kitty Haight
    Mike Magnuson
    Roger & Barbara Mattison
    Carolyn McKay
    Milo Meland & Mary Hobbs-Meland
    Kathleen Robertson
    Justin Wass

     
    Class of 1978

    Bill & Barb Meyer

     

    Class of 1983

    Isabel Anderson
    Gregory & Julie Bartel
    Kevin Bethke
    Karen Dahlgren & Tim Usher
    Mark DePaolis
    Lisa Erickson
    Timothy & Kristin Gibbs
    Terri Johnson
    Sandra Johnson
    Erika Johnson
    Mark Koller
    Cate McGinnis
    Peggy Naas & Steven Mestitz 
    Jon Pryor
    Eric & Cynthia Swanlund

     
    Class of 1988

    Joe & Kathleen Stanford

     

    Class of 1993

    No one has registered for this event.

     
    Class of 2008

    No one has registered for this event.

     

    Registration deadline is Thursday, September 27.  Click the Register Now! button above or call 612-624-2345 to register.

  • Football Tickets

    Join us in cheering on the Gophers as they take on the University of Iowa Hawkeyes for their Homecoming game! We have teamed up with Athletics to provide families with a special discounted rate on football tickets.  Tickets are $65 each and the Medical School tickets are in Section 201.

    NOTE: Football tickets are purchased separately in separate transactions from the Alumni Celebration.  If you want to attend the football game and Alumni Celebration events, please make sure you've completed purchases for both events. 

    GET YOUR FOOTBALL TICKETS

    - Find the quantity box labeled "FB UMAA (MedSchoolUMAA)."
    - Hit the drop-down arrows and select the number of seats you would like. Scroll to the bottom of the page and hit "Continue."
    - A prompted "Donation" box will pop up. Simply hit "No Thanks" to continue (or enter your donation amount).
    - Create an account and provide payment information.
    - The tickets will be sent to your email to print off.

     

    Please contact Dalton Stevens in the ticket office with any questions, stevensd@umn.edu, (612)-626-0807.

  • Lodging

    A small block of rooms is reserved for University of Minnesota Medical School Alumni Celebration guests at the Graduate Minneapolis and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, both near campus.

    Graduate Minneapolis


    615 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    www.graduateminneapolis.com

    To make reservations, visit z.umn.edu/graduate-medschool or call 612-379-8888 and ask for the UM Medical School Alumni Celebration.

    Reservation deadline: EXTENDED to September 13

     

    DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis

    511 Huron Boulevard SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
    www.doubletreehilton.com

    To make reservations, visit z.umn.edu/doubletree-medschool or call 844-327-3827 and ask for the UM Medical School Alumni Celebration and group code MD5

    Reservation deadline: EXTENDED to September 14

     

RSVP INFORMATION

Registration has closed.  While we cannot accept registrations for the reunion dinners, alumni interested in attending the activities during the day on Friday, October 5 may still be able to participate.  Contact Maureen Long at 612-626-8045 or mlong@umn.edu for more information.

Stay Connected

Don't miss out on future Medical School alumni events.  Please ensure that your contact information is up-to-date. 

Alumni update form

 

CLASS REUNION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Alumni are still needed to serve on the reunion planning committees for each class.  Help us make your reunion memorable!  Contact Maureen Long at mlong@umn.edu or 612-626-8045 to volunteer.