Because it’s the week of new University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s official inauguration, Gov. Mark Dayton has declared today “Maroon and Gold Day” in the state, and he urges everyone to wear the university colors to show support.
Dayton is leaving today for a Japan/Korea trip, but he can cheerlead from afar.
It’s also Kaler’s birthday today. He’s 55.
The governor’s official proclamation:
WHEREAS: The University of Minnesota and the State of Minnesota have been steadfast partners in advancing the growth and prosperity of our state for more than 150 years; and
WHEREAS: The University of Minnesota, as the only land-grant institution in the State of Minnesota, continues a legacy of creating knowledge in service of all Minnesotans; and
WHEREAS: The University of Minnesota is among the most critical engines of economic and entrepreneurial growth within the State of Minnesota; and
WHEREAS: Research developed at the University of Minnesota has improved the health and well-being of all Minnesotans; and
WHEREAS: The University of Minnesota invests in young people from our state and the nation, nurturing their personal and academic goals, as well as the bonds that connect them to this great state; and
WHEREAS: Alumni of the University of Minnesota have served the State of Minnesota with loyalty and distinction across all professions, industries and endeavors; and
WHEREAS: The State of Minnesota and University of Minnesota display their pride through the vivid shades of maroon and gold;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARK DAYTON, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim Friday, September 23, 2011: MAROON AND GOLD DAY and encourage all Minnesotans to join in demonstrating their pride in the Great State of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota by wearing maroon and gold.