Are you looking for something to do in Rochester on a Tuesday night? Please join us for these FREE Professional Speakers every Tuesday at 7:00 pm. During June, July, and August you can enjoy these presentations or performances outside on the Peace Plaza, and the rest of the year (or inclement weather) we head inside to University Square room 417, on 4th floor of the University of Minnesota Rochester (downtown Rochester, MN). Get directions here.

UMR CONNECTS is committed to supporting the University's overall mission of public engagement and outreach by fostering connections between the University, its students, and those who live in or visit our community. In support of this, UMR launched a weekly professional speaker series for the Rochester community and visitors in 2011, entitled "UMR CONNECTS," which has been attended by nearly 9,000 people! The University of Minnesota Rochester strives to sustain an open exchange of ideas in an environment that embodies the values of academic freedom, responsibility, integrity, and cooperation. Please check the Google Calendar for up-to-date cancellation or location-change information, and contact Nick Anderson at 507-258-8053 or with any other questions.

Following a specific theme each month, this weekly professional speaker series will connect you to speakers, authors, panels, etc. on a variety of engaging topics. No pre-registration is required, and we hope you will join us!

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 2014 Schedule of Events

(Schedule is subject to change. * Denotes tentative information: final details still to come)
Would you like to easily add the UMR CONNECTS events you're interested in to your own Google calendar? Click here!
This page lists only UMR CONNECTS events. Please check the Event Calendar for other events taking place at the University of Minnesota Rochester.

We're outside on the Peace Plaza for the summer! (June, July, August)
Limited seating will be available for all events, but please feel free to bring your own lawn chair, especially when a large crowd is expected. Thank you for planning ahead!

See a Google map or get directions here
(In case of inclement weather, events will be held indoors in room 417, 4th floor of University Square)

August ~ Invention
(Outside, on the Peace Plaza)

August 12 ~ Innovation at the University of Minnesota **Indoors at UMR, 4th floor**

Chancellor Lehmkuhle, Robert Dunbar, Rajeev Muthyala, Molly Dingel

Please note today’s political significance: Primary Election. We recognize and support your participation in national and state politics. Please be sure to participate and/or vote...this has an impact on our future! UMR will offer an optional tour and light meal available from 5:30-6:30 prior to the indoor UMR CONNECTS event, with no RSVP required. Learn about the wide range of research and innovations at the University of Minnesota, and why students and staff are "Driven to Discover!" Learn how the U of M is making contributions that are integral to the state, country, and world.

August 19 ~ The Minnesota Inventors Congress

Deb Hess, Program Director, The Minnesota Inventors Congress

Calling all inventors and entrepreneurs! Do you have a great idea, but don't know what to do with it? Deb Hess, Program Director of the Minnesota Inventors Congress will share how successful inventors develop marketable products and help you learn how to identify reliable resources and invention scam companies. The most important investment and aspiring inventor can make is to become educated in the product development process.

August 26 ~ Mayo BioBank Presentation

Janet Olson, Ph.D., and the Mayo Clinic Biobank Team
The Mayo Clinic Biobank Team will discuss how this collection of health information and biological samples is used for research. They will also talk about future plans for the Biobank.

September Reminder: Indoor Season Begins
(Events will be held indoors in room 417, 4th floor of University Square)

September ~ Spirituality and World Religion

October ~ Bioethics

November ~ Terrorism

 December ~ Natural Disasters