Generous Donation Adds up to Innovation at UMD

A new math lab for developmental courses will be possible

A $750,000 gift from Securian Financial Group is funding the Securian Math Learning Lab in the Kathryn A. Martin Library at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

The space is designed to simultaneously double capacity for developmental math courses, going from 60 to 120 seats, while also facilitating smaller class sizes. This is made possible through a two-room design with the most up-to-date, active learning technology.

Securian Financial group made the generous donation in honor of Bob Senkler, a 1974 graduate and Securian’s recently retired CEO.

Manager of Community Relations and the Foundation at Securian said, “Bob has always been committed to investing in the next generation. He has a tremendous fondness and appreciation for UMD as his educaiton gave him the base for which he was able to become an influential leader in business and in the community.”

The final touches to the lab are currently underway and will be integrated into the newly named Securian Learning Commons space on the second floor of the library. The lab is scheduled to open in late September.

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