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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.

Photo of Corey Bulman at the Minnesota Teacher of the Year event

English Alum Corey Bulman Named Minnesota Teacher of the Year

It was Corey Bulman's (BA '99, English) high school English teacher who helped inspire him to pursue a career in teaching. "We read Shakespeare, we broke down Beatles lyrics, and I ate up every single minute of it," he said. Bulman has taught literature and English at Mound Westonka High School in Mound for the past 17 years. He was chosen from 132 candidates, 27 semifinalists and 11 finalists.
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Transforming a Montreal School with Hip-Hop Immersion

Alum Michael Lipset (BA '09, political science and sociology) is pursuing a PhD in education at McGill University, Montreal. Nothing unusual. But what his work in a small Anglophone secondary school constitutes a real revolution. The school will be the first Canadian secondary school with immersion in "urban art." He was named as one of '50 Changemakers in Quebec.' (Published in French. Use the translation feature in your browser.)
Black and white photo of Dessa singing into a microphone

Dessa Hits a Career Milestone with Orchestra Hall Performance

Philosophy alum Dessa’s sold-out orchestral debut was met with broad acclaim. The concert’s narrative about jettisoning old love was fueled, in part, by a neuroscience collaboration with the University’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. Associate Professor Cheryl Olman (psychology) and researchers Andrea Grant (radiology) and Philip Burton (CLA) started working with Dessa last November to turn her brain into art for an evening of entertainment and education.