Securian Learning Center Ribbon Cutting

Securian Learning Center Ribbon Cutting

February 27, 2020 0 By Kody Olson


One, two, three … [Cheering] It is really a very special day at UMD and
a special day for our students and our faculty and our staff as we are gathering together
to dedicate this laboratory and new learning environment and to celebrate the incredible
generosity of Securian and our partners in making this happen and particularly to recognize
the importance of Bob Senkler, UMD alumn and longtime leader of Securian. The Securian math learning lab expansion converted
what were formerly staff work rooms into active learning classrooms and study areas, adding
1,000 square feet to the 2,380 square feet of staff space already converted for student
use in phase one of the math learning lab project. As a math student but also as an undergraduate
teaching assistant, I can first hand see the benefit of our new Securian math lab. The Securian math lab provides students who
may be easily intimidated by a typical lecture or classroom a place to learn freely with
professors and teaching assistants always on hand to answer questions or just offer
our support. The Securian learning commons and math learning
lab is open nine hours a day and accommodates 1,200 students each year. It is the only math unit within the University
of Minnesota system that is teaching math this way. The active learning style encourages strong
relationships between students and educators, as well as also between peers. With the open lab, students can form friendships,
study groups and also continue to challenge and teach each other. The number one thing in this state from a
business perspective is workforce development. The students that are coming out the campus,
particularly with a math degree, have a head start on the rest of the students they are
competing with for jobs in this state. We are proud to be part of this unbelievable
facility that you’ve established.