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Friday, June 17, 2016

UMD Fiscal Year 2017 State Funding Allocations

Dear Campus Community:

On Friday, June 10, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved the university's budget for the 2017 fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2016.  UMD's allocation is detailed below.  As you can see, we received additional state resources this year, even though the University of Minnesota system did not receive any additional state funding for general operations.  In addition, our undergraduate tuition will see no increase this year.  Soon, I will send another budget communication, which will provide additional details about the status of our budget.  I will also give you updates during the summer on the progress of our budget reduction strategies.   Meanwhile, contact me or Steve Keto if you have questions or would like additional information.

Best wishes,

Lynn Black   

UMD FY16-17 O & M Allocation

UMD’s Fy16-17 O&M Allocation from State funds will be $41,765,343, which is an increase of $3,151,793and includes the following additions/reductions:

·        $500,000 for Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Initiatives
·        $198,000 for Repairs and Replacement
·        $328,172 for Police Initiatives
·        $1,201,013 for general Compensation increases (Merit and bargaining unit increases).
·        $650,000 for Recruitment & Retention Initiatives
·        $309,541  for MnDRIVE faculty line commitments
·        ($34,933) offset for the net cost of structural changes in the cost pool 
·        $3,151,793 Total

Estimated Fy17 budgeted tuition is set at $110,131,191, which includes a net decrease in budgeted tuition from Fy 15-16 to Fy16-17 of ($1,686,684). 
o   UGRD-resident tuition rates are held at 0%; 
o   UGRD non-resident and GRAD tuition rates increased by 2.5%.

University System Central Reserves allocation for Glensheen will be $350,000 recurring.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Message from Chancellor Black

Dear Campus Community,

It is with a heavy heart that I offer condolences to the families and friends of the Orlando mass shooting victims and members of the LGBTQI and Latino communities. I am deeply disturbed by the hatred and violence of this tragedy. UMD is and must continue to remain true to our core value of inclusiveness. In honor of the victims, UMD's pride flag is hanging at half-staff outside of Solon Campus Center.  

On behalf of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, we invite the UMD community to join us this evening, Monday, June 13 at 7:00 p.m. on the UMD Kirby Terrace for a candlelight vigil.

I also invite members of our campus and community to show their support and join a resource drive for a local organization in this time of need. Together for Youth is a passionate and inclusive group that provides support, resources, and safety for LGBTQ youth in our community.  You can show your support by providing resources and financial support designated to Together for Youth . Similar efforts to support local communities are happening across our University of Minnesota system.

I'd like to share with you a message from Erin Olson who works with SIT and QASU:
UMD will be having a candlelight vigil Uniting in the wake of Orlando o n Kirby Terrace tonight. We don't claim to have all the answers or any answers, but this is a time to know that feeling scared does not have to mean feeling alone as well.

There will be a microphone set up for those who want to share positive commentary. There will also be a specific moment of silence at 8:00 for the victims of this tragedy. We want to let the families and friends of these victims know that we stand with them in solidarity and support them.

This event is open to anyone. We happily invite folks from the LGBTQ+ spectrum as well as folks who just want to be an Ally to the community. Also, folks who are already an Ally should feel just as welcome.

Candles will be provided, but in case of a large turnout please feel free to bring your own.
Erin Olson

I thank Erin for organizing this vigil at UMD, and also staff in Kirby Student Center and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for their assistance. I also encourage you to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQI community. We must unite to stop hatred and violence in any form.

In conclusion, I offer this quote from David Klion, writer, and editor from Al Jazeera America: "There will be attempts to pit two vulnerable communities, LGBT and Muslim, against one another. RESIST THEM".


Lendley Black