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UMD Homecoming 2011

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“This is Bulldog Country,” and with two national championship titles to boast of from last year, a fun-filled week planned on and off campus, it’s hard not to want to get drawn in to the 2011 homecoming festivities.

One of the highlights of this year’s homecoming will be the pep rally downtown on Tuesday, Oct. 18, beginning at 11:30 am, in the Holiday Center, at 207 West Superior Street.

“We are thrilled with the initiative of Chancellor Black to connect UMD more closely with our downtown community,” said Karen Stromme, assistant director of Intercollegiate Athletics. "We have amazing students at UMD, and want them to share their positive energy with the community. Great things happen when we all work together. The homecoming pep rally is another step in our quest to reach out to our regional businesses and community members. We hope local businesses will enjoy the event and believe that downtown Duluth is Bulldog country!”

The celebration begins Friday, Oct. 14, with a “Break the Ice” pre-game party for alumni at the DECC, followed by the showdown between the recent National Champion men’s hockey team and the Minnesota Gophers at AMSOIL Arena

On Saturday, Oct. 15, at AMSOIL Arena at 7 pm, Chancellor Black will drop the puck when the UMD men's hockey team meets the Minnesota Gophers.

There’s plenty to do all week long with most of the activities being free to UMD students, and you can’t beat a price like that.

Monday, Oct. 17, get involved with the campus-decorating contest for a chance to win a pizza party and a specially engraved trophy.

Tuesday, Oct. 18, show your Bulldog pride at the pep rally in downtown Duluth. Then join Late Night Kirby for a live performance by Jeremy Messersmith and Loup Garou in the Kirby Ballroom at 9 pm.

Wednesday, Oct. 19, there will be a UMD Farmer's Market special event from 1:30-4:30 pm at Kirby Plaza. Enjoy the last fruits of the harvest. Produce will vary by availability.

Thursday, Oct. 20, an Oktoberfest celebration begins at 11 am at Kirby Plaza. Brats will be sold. The second annual Cardboard Boat Race will be held at 4:30 pm on Bagley Pond and a hot dog eating contest will be held during a pep rally at 6 pm in Malosky Stadium. Attend a presentation by Robert Kenner producer of the popular film Food, Inc., in Kirby Plaza at 8 pm. “There is a huge connection between our food and how our bodies feel and work. This presentation is meant to educate us on a local level about our choices, and also about topics on a national scale including alternative options to modified foods.” said Judy Breuer, a member of Access for All.

Friday, Oct. 21, join the Vista Cruise Fleet at 5 pm for a tour of Lake Superior, or head over to Grandma’s Sports Garden at 5 pm for tailgating, a chance to win tickets to Johnny Holm, and a pizza buffet. While the Alumni class of 1961 reunites and reminisces, UMD women’s hockey team takes on the Wisconsin Badgers at Amsoil Arena at 7:05 pm.

Saturday, Oct. 22, trek the trails of Bagley for the 5k-trail run; the race begins at 10 am. Then cap off the week with a football finale when the Bulldogs play the Northern State Wolves at Malosky Stadium beginning at 1 pm. Everyone is encouraged to join in the fun, whether it be the free Famous Dave’s pig roast or watching the Greek Life Chariot Race finals: supporting each other is what it’s all about.

With a renewed vitality, and effort to get the community involved, the 2011 homecoming promises to be more than just streamers. That is something of which the homecoming committee, the group that organizes the events, is very proud. “We’re at a tipping point in Duluth,” said Lacey Solheid, the student traditions manager of UMD. “Things are changing on campus, and we’re really going in a new and different direction. I think it’s going to be good for the school and the community to try and change how we think of ourselves, becoming more involved as a whole.”

“Everyone is just bursting waiting for October 15 to come,” said Solheid on behalf of her committee. With everything they’ve got ready to go, this homecoming should be nothing short of amazing. After all, this is Bulldog country.

More details and events can be found on the homecoming website. For questions about participation, contact UMD traditions.

Alumni information can be found on the UMD Alumni website.

2010 UMD Bulldog football team
2010 UMD Bulldog football team


Written by Jessica Coffin with Christiana Kapsner and Kathleen McQuillan-Hofmann, September 2011

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