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Alumni News & Achievements

A CLA education develops imaginative and resourceful people who are committed to service and leadership in every sector of society. They have a deep understanding of diverse perspectives. They think independently, critically, and creatively.

Our alumni excel in many fields: health care, politics, education, entertainment, arts, business, and social justice among others.

Jump start your weekend with stimulating conversation about big ideas with CLA faculty at A Brighter U

Join Us for A Brighter U 2017

Join fellow College of Liberal Arts alumni for a sampler program of some of the most intriguing and relevant ideas currently being explored in our college. A Brighter U will feature a lunch presentation from School of Music faculty; an afternoon of faculty-guided, interactive sessions; and a social reception hosted by the CLA Alumni Society. Experience, once again, the thrill of learning at CLA and the stimulation of engaging with faculty and each other.
Betsy McCann leads the U of M Marching Band at a performance for new students in Mariucci Arena

For University of Minnesota Marching Band Director, a Historic 'Surprise'

Nearly half a century after the University of Minnesota Marching Band begrudgingly welcomed its first female percussionist, a woman is running the show. Betsy McCann is the first female marching and athletic bands director in the University band’s 125-year history — and the first woman to lead a marching band in the Big Ten Conference.