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Homecoming 2009: It's A Dog Eat Dog World

New student traditions manager Lacey Solheid says that homecoming lets students and alumni show their school spirit and love for UMD. Thereís lots to love this year when events like a bonfire with a free barbeque, tailgate parties, and the menís hockey and volleyball teams join the traditional football game.

What is homecoming to you? According to sophomore Solheid, "Homecoming shows people there is more to college than typical party life. It gives students and alumni a sense of school pride and allows them to show their support for UMD." Solheid remarked that this year's goal for homecoming is to make and solidify traditions. "Homecoming is especially geared to freshmen because they are the ones who will build traditions," she said.

Excitement and school spirit is building for this year's "Dog Eat Dog" homecoming, which will be held Oct. 14-17. Football is highlighted when the UMD Bulldogs play the St. Cloud State Huskies on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Malosky Stadium.

Four more games are featured. The UMD volleyball team will play University of Mary in the Romano Gym at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct 16 and they will play Northern State University at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 in the Romano Gym. The men's hockey team takes on MSU Mankato at 7:07 p.m. on both Friday, Oct 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 at the DECC.

It's a full week of student activities with an Academic Challenge competition on Wednesday. Thursday brings Cardboard Boat Races sponsored by the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Club.

All the stops come out on Thursday night at a Homecoming Bonfire. Famous Daves will present a free (Hot) Dog Feed where a Hot Dog Eating Contest will be held. Students are invited to meet and greet players from UMD teams including football, volleyball, soccer, and cross country. The dance team, cheerleaders, Champ, the Marching Band and the Pep Band will perform.

Friday brings the Hockey Tailgate Party at Famous Daves in Canal Park. Saturday begins with a 5K Trail Run, followed by a Pre-Game Beach Party. The week wraps up on Saturday night with a Homecoming Dance.

For dates, times and venues and information about additional activities, see


UMD Bulldogs play the St. Cloud State Huskies on Oct 17.


Cheering on the team.


The Class of 1959 50th Reunion will hold many events during homecoming weekend. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 15 in the Tweed Museum of Art followed by the "Faculty and Students at Play" concert in Weber Music Hall. Refreshments, a campus tour and lunch will be held at UMD on Sat., Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Other events include a Vista Fleet Excursion harbor tour and lunch, a social and dinner at the Kitchi Gammi Club, a brunch at Black Woods restaurant and bird watching at Hawks Ridge. For information contact or call 726-8829. See for more info.


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Written by Cheryl Reitan with assistance from English major Katie Appel.


UMD home page editor, Cheryl Reitan,
NEW RELEASES, UMD media contact, Susan Latto,, 218-726-8830

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