Engagement and Giving - News and Notes

Monday, April 8, 2019

Funds Enterprise Celebrated, Renamed 

In September 2018, Carlson School Emeritus Dean David Kidwell was honored by Dean Sri Zaheer for his visionary leadership; relationship building with the business community; and profound impact on every student by providing them with a real-world, hands-on transformational educational experience. The experiential enterprise program is now known as the David S. Kidwell Funds Enterprise. Funds Enterprise advisory board members, alumni, students, and staff gathered in the Carlson School atrium on the 20th anniversary of the program in a celebration to honor the dean who led the Carlson School from 1991 to 2001. 


Gopher Gratitude 

Students, faculty, and staff gathered to celebrate Gopher Gratitude on October 23, 2018. This annual event gathers the Carlson School community to thank the thousands of benefactors who support the school annually and share the significance of giving back. 


Caring for Our Students 

In response to the increased rate of anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges among college students, the Carlson School Undergraduate Program has partnered with the U’s Student Counseling Services to embed a mental health counselor at the Carlson School. This effort, aided by funding from the Carlson Family Foundation, dedicates an on-site staff member to help our students through difficult challenges. Housed within Hanson Hall, this counselor works alongside students, faculty, and staff to help address the mental health and well-being needs that uniquely affect business students at the U of M. 

The Carlson School is one of only a handful of business schools across the country with an in-house mental health resource for students. Providing this resource has been a priority of the Undergraduate Program and Associate Dean Raj Singh. We are grateful to the Carlson family for supporting this important work and providing our students with the resources they need to address mental health challenges. 


MBT Program Celebrates 40th Anniversary 

More than 100 alumni, students, and friends of the Master of Business Taxation (MBT) program attended the 40th anniversary celebration at the Campus Club in fall 2018. During those 40 years, the MBT program has built a reputation as one of the top graduate tax programs in the nation. More than 1,000 alumni are influencing some of the world’s largest companies and firms, with many holding top positions as senior corporate tax executives and managing tax partners. 

While much has changed since MBT offered its first classes in 1978, a single common denominator links much of the program’s history and distinguished alumni: Program Founder and Professor Fred Jacobs. In honor of Fred’s substantial contributions to the lives of many, the Carlson School has established the Fred Jacobs Endowed Fellowship Fund with the help of contributions from alumni and friends of Fred and the program. This endowed fund will enable the Carlson School to recruit and support the best and brightest MBT students and ensure that Fred’s passion for learning continues to be shared with students far into the future. This endowed fund will further solidify the MBT program as one of the leading graduate tax programs in the world while paying a fitting tribute to the man who started it all. 

Your Gift, Your Impact

1) Visit driven.carlsonschool.umn.edu and click "Give Now." 

2) Select "Find a Cause" in the top right-hand corner of the screen. 

3) Type a keyword into the "Search for an area to support" box. 

4) Scroll through the list and choose the fund that inspires you. 

Spring 2019 alumni magazine cover

This article appeared in the Spring 2019 alumni magazine

The Twin Cities is a corporate headquarters powerhouse. In this issue, we explore why that's the case.

Spring 2019 table of contents