Gopher Connections Spring 2014

From Minnesota Alumni Magazine Spring 2014

The Gold Rose in Texas


Thousands of Gophers headed south to Houston, Texas, on December 27 for the Texas Bowl, featuring the Gophers taking on the Syracuse Orange at Reliant Stadium. The Gophers earned the bowl appearance following an 8-4 regular season that included four consecutive Big Ten conference victories. The Gophers fell to the Orange 21-17.

Pregame festivities pictured here included the ‘Sota Social, hosted by the Alumni Association at the Westin Galleria.

Alumni Association members enjoy benefits that connect you to campus!

Learn about Wolves


Noted wolf researcher L. David Mech, vice chair of the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota, will lead the short course Conservation and Controversy: The Wolf in Minnesota as part of the University of Minnesota’s College of Continuing Education Learning Life programming. The course will examine the wolf’s social behavior, its placement on the Federal Endangered Species List, its eventual recovery in several states, and its delisting and subsequent state management.

The course will be held April 23 and 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Continuing Education and Conference Center at1890 Buford Avenue in St. Paul. Alumni Association members receive a 10 percent discount on all Learning Life offerings.

Friends Present A Life in the Theater

Celebrated Twin Cities actor, director, and teacher Wendy Lehr will present A Life in the Theater at the Friends of the Libraries Annual Celebration on May 12 at the University of Minnesota’s Rarig Center. Lehr will speak about her colorful history in Twin Cities theater, including Children’s Theatre Company, the Jungle, Guthrie, and Park Square Theaters, and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

In addition to receiving a discounted ticket price for this event, members of the Friends are entitled to library borrowing privileges, unlimited online access to electronic journals, invitations to special events, and subscriptions to University Libraries publications. Membership in the Friends of the Libraries is only $40 for Alumni Association members.

Czech Cartoon on Stage


The University Opera Theatre will present Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (The Adventures of Vixen Sharp Ears) April 10 through 13 at Ted Mann Concert Hall. Inspired by a Czech newspaper comic strip in the 1920s, Janáček transformed the comedic cartoon into a philosophical reflection on life in The Cunning Little Vixen. The dance-opera integrates themes of nature, the life cycle, and the spiritual side of life in exquistiely enchanting music, making it accessible to all ages. Tickets are $20 and members of the Alumni Association receive two for the price of one.

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