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Alex Wegrzyn in the bee garden
Meet Alex Wegrzyn
Saturday, January 1, 2022 - 12:00

“I fell in love with Minnesota while working with the Conservation Corps. I was able to take classes in indigenous studies, forestry, and ecological restoration at the University through the Conservation Corps, and now I’m applying what I learned at the University to care for its campus. 

“As the natural areas gardener, I’m diversifying what we plant and incorporating hardy native species into our landscaping. Right now I’m working with partners and student interns to take 40 acres owned by the University and restore it to a natural area.

“The University offers great benefits, especially the Regents Scholarship. I’m hoping to take advantage of reduced price classes to continue learning about ecology and the history of this area. That way, I’ll be able to better use the land’s history to inform its future.”—Alex Wegrzyn, Natural Areas Gardner, Teamsters Local 320

Favorite tree: red cedar

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The COVID vaccine is no longer required effective July 1.

Systemwide HR summit planned for mid-to-late July 2023. Details to come.

Consider starting or increasing contributions to a voluntary plan to save thousands of dollars more for retirement over the course of your career.

Effective May 28, 2023, non-exempt 9 and 10-month University employees will no longer be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits between academic terms.

The Canvas-housed “Fundamentals of Disability Accommodations and Inclusive Course Design” has a completion deadline of June 18, 2023, for all instructors.