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Attend a Panel Discussion

Topic: Using Writing to Improve Service Personalization

When: Monday, October 24, 2016, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Mayo Building, Room 3-125

One of the most valuable functions of the funeral director is helping families celebrate—and communicate—the value of a life well lived. Increasingly, funeral directors are called upon to provide personalized services that are uniquely tailored to the families they serve.

In this panel discussion led by Angela Woosley, local funeral directors will share the creative ways that they use the power of the written word to help remember and ritualize the lives of their community members, from storied biographies and celebrant services to presentation and keepsake materials.

RSVP by Friday, October 14, 2016 to reserve your seat at this event!

To reserve a spot contact:
Giselle Wynia

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Cost: $10 for practitioners, free for current UMN Mortuary Science students
CEU: 1.5 Professional Practice
Hosted by: The University of Minnesota Program of Mortuary Science

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  • Fundraising updates
  • Highlights of faculty continuing education
  • Basic demographics of admitting class
  • Partnerships with community organizations, such as Minnesota Funeral Directors Association

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Program News

We are soliciting messages of interest from licensed morticians to serve on the Program's Advisory Board. The Advisory Board meets one to two times a year to discuss program policy, trends in the profession affecting funeral service education, and feedback from graduates and employers about students' preparation for the workforce following graduation.  Terms of appointment typically run for three years.

Dear Colleagues,

As I write these lines, Fall semester courses here at the University are now well underway and the campus is once again bustling with students, who returned for the start of classes on September 8th.  Our Program welcomed 27 new students during our orientation session earlier this month.  The incoming class represents greater ethnic diversity, which we attribute in part to our efforts to proactively recruit students from two-year and transfer programs throughout the state.  Specifically, 19% of the incoming students self-identify as members of the following ethnic groups:  American Indian / Alaska Native; Black / African American; and Hispanic.  Minnesota residents continue to make up the greatest majority of our incoming class (66%), followed by students coming from North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, and South Dakota, respectively.  In keeping with trends relating to the pursuit of higher education by gender across the United States, 59% of students in the incoming class are women, and 41% are men.

Alumni News

Our Alumni Board is soliciting nominations for the Program's Alumnus of the Year award. Nominations are due on Thursday, March 31.

To be eligible to receive this award, the nominee must be a graduate of the Program of Mortuary Science at the University of Minnesota.


The Program in Mortuary Science hosts annual alumni events, which are an opportunity for alumni to connect with facutly, staff and current students.

Learn more about upcoming alumni events

Continuing Education

Funeral service networking fair

On November 2, 2012 the Program sponsored a continuing education event on recruiting and hiring for the funeral service profession. The event included both preceptor and OSHA training, as well as updates from the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association and the Minnesota Department of Health - Mortuary Science Section. The event provided an excellent opportunity for students to get to know and network with funeral directors and vendors who support our profession.

Click the photo to view more pictures from our networking fair in 2012.

2012 Continuing Education

Mortuary Science Student Association

In November 2012 and 2014, the University of Minnesota Mortuary Science Student Association (MSSA) held free pancake breakfasts for funeral directors and mortuary science students.

These "mixer" events give students the opportunity to build their professional network with funeral directors, as well as give funeral directors who are looking to hire an intern a chance to meet future graduates. It really means a lot to students to have directors who work in the field take the time to attend and share their experiences and advice to aspiring morticians.

Click on the photo below to view our Flickr gallery of photos from the pancake breakfast in 2012.

2012 Pancake