On Purpose: Portrait of Finks and W. Jones

To commemorate our 150th anniversary in 2018, the College of Liberal Arts commissioned 60 photographs taken by Xavier Tavera. Departments and programs partnered with Tavera to envision their images and to write the narratives that accompany each photograph. View On Purpose: Portrait of the Liberal Arts.

A couple stands with a faculty member in the basement of Wilson library surrounded by globes.

Our state and country’s greatest resource is our children. Investing in their education should be uppermost in our minds.

Education, in the broadest sense, is critical to the health and advancement of our society. At the university level it should be more than just specific job training at an advanced level. It should include an in-depth and critical exposure to our cultural heritage. The College of Liberal Arts provides this kind of learning for our students.

Graduates with these skills will be better equipped to deal with changing job markets and will be more knowledgeable participants in social and political issues. That is why we strongly support the funding campaign for the College of Liberal Arts.

We both are proud graduates of the University, having benefited greatly from our student experiences. There is no better investment in the future of young people and our state than to support the University. Keeping the University of MInnesota affordable and able to provide quality education for all should be everyone’s aim. We look to our young people to become the future leaders of our society—an investment in them is an investment in everyone’s future.

Note: Professor William Jones is the inaugural recipient of the Beverly and Richard Fink Faculty Innovation Award, established by University of Minnesota alumni Beverly and Richard Fink.

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