Alumnus Receives University of Minnesota Alumni Association U40 Award

September 27, 2018

For the second year in a row, an alumnus from the College of Design will receive the University of Minnesota Alumni Association’s U40 Award.

The U40 Award is given to an exceptional alumnus age 40 or younger who has excelled in his or her career. Last year’s recipient was Ben VandenWymelenberg (B.S. ’12, Architecture), founder of Woodchuck, Inc. 

This year’s recipient is Kaamil A. Haider (B.F.A. ’17, Graphic Design).

Born in Somalia and now based in Minneapolis, Haider is involved in the contemporary Somali arts and design community. He is the co-founder of Soomaal House of Art and was the graphic designer for the recent collaboration between the Somali Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota History Center that resulted in the exhibition “Somalis + Minnesota.”

“I am honored and humbled in receiving the U40 Award and grateful to be sharing this award with the U’s leaders and our community. Getting to this stage has not been easy but it has been the most rewarding path I have taken thus far. I am looking forward to continuing the work and mentorship,” said Haider.

Haider and other 2018 alumni award recipients will be honored on October 4, 2018, at the Alumni Awards Affair.

The University of Minnesota’s Alumni Association Awards are presented each fall to recognize outstanding alumni and alumni networks across the University of Minnesota.

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