It was perfect football(!) weather when the Gopher baseball team prepared to take on Ohio State in the first game at the renovated Siebert Field. Snowflakes began falling as former Gopher and Major League hall of famer Paul Molitor threw out the first pitch on April 5. Gifts of all sizes contributed to the $7.2 million project that features artificial turf, improved seating for 1,420, rebuilt concourses, and a new scoreboard with video screen.
We're in the middle of everywhere!" So says U of M, Morris Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson when she explains how the campus grew to be a national leader in sustainability. The presence of renewable energy, thriving local agriculture, and a spirit of both conservation and innovation prove Johnson's statement. While the campus is a model of green practices, five minutes away an unspoiled stretch of prairie—an outdoor learning laboratory—provides a golden opportunity for students who want to study and protect the environment.
Leading research happens all across the U of M, but there is one place on campus where the work is both groundbreaking and ground shaking: the Multi-Axial Subassemblage Testing (MAST) Lab, located a block east of TCF Bank Stadium. The MAST Lab's giant equipment pulls, twists, or compresses components of buildings or bridges to study what happens to them during earth-quakes and other extreme events. It's one of only 14 facilities like it nationwide. Major funding comes from the National Science Foundation, but it's not a stretch to say donors have a hand in what happens there.