The West Bank is NOT an Island

Monday, April 8, 2019

portrait of Travis Smith

One of the great joys of working in higher education entails the countless opportunities to collaborate with colleagues across the University of Minnesota. We see it manifest itself daily among our faculty and students with benefits far and wide.

For example, Carlson School faculty have long been known as terrific collaborators and have worked closely with counterparts from other disciplines to produce important research addressing the University’s Grand Challenges. Our Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship has been at the forefront of innovation commercialization and cross-campus partnerships with the incredible MIN-Corps program. And, thankfully, Carlson School students seemingly don’t know the meaning of boundaries or walls (or rivers!), often partnering with students from other disciplines across the U to drive ideation and create solutions for a better tomorrow.

We also see the benefits of collaboration when it comes to philanthropy. We recognize our donors care deeply about areas beyond the Carlson School and this drives our commitment to working closely with our advancement colleagues around the University to fulfill donor passions. Some of the most incredible gifts the Carlson School has received in this campaign have been blended gifts benefiting other areas of the U. These gifts make us all better and, in many cases, reflect why giving to the University of Minnesota is such an important and worthwhile investment for our collective future.

Thank you for your continued generous support of the Carlson School and U!

Travis M. Smith Assistant Dean
Institutional Advancement

Fall 2018 alumni magazine cover

This article appeared in the Fall 2018 alumni magazine

Collaboration is key to success in nearly any setting. In this issue, we explore partnerships the Carlson School has forged with other colleges and programs that make the University of Minnesota stronger.

Fall 2018 table of contents