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September 28, 2009

An Active Royalty Court

Since the last few posts about Royalty in June, the 12 members of the court have been very busy preparing for Homecoming week. They have participated in numerous events and activities in anticipation for The Ultimate Homecoming!

This summer the royalty candidates were out representing the University of Minnesota at the Minnesota State Fair. They were present on Maroon and Gold day to socialize with fair-goers and facepaint Minnesota M's! Royalty also attended Welcome Week activities like Pride and Spirit and Gophers After Dark.

Last week, the week before Homecoming, each royalty candidate went through an extensive individual interview with a judging committee. This, along with all of the pre-Homecoming events, trivia games, and campus-wide voting, will determine this year's Homecoming King and Queen.

During Homecoming week, Royalty will be present at lots of activities. They will be playing trivia games such as Name That Tune and U-Trivia at the Cheerleading Competition. They will also be part of the Parade, riding in convertibles and showing their school spirit. During the Pep Fest, the coronation of the 2009 Homecoming King and Queen will take place. The reigning King and Queen will also be honored during the football game on Saturday. They will be introduced on the giant scoreboard at half-time. Be sure to cast your vote for your favorite candidate!

Go Gophers!

Ecstatic for the Ultimate Volunteer Experience

The final day of Homecoming week, October 11, will be a day focused on community involvement. The Ultimate Volunteer Experience is all about reaching out and saying thank you to the campus community. Since the Ultimate Volunteer Experience is a new addition to this year's Homecoming line-up, planning and re-planning has been done to ensure a fun and successful end to the week of events!

The morning of the event, a Roundy's semi-truck filled with non-perishable food items will be outside of the TCF Bank Stadium. All of the food inside the truck will be donated to the Emergency Food Shelf Network. There will be a short speech from an Emergency Food Shelf Network representative and a Roundy's spokesperson. Following that, Homecoming Intern, Nick Pilger and a University of Minnesota alumnus will formally present the food.

Registration for service projects will also be taking place at this time. Volunteers will be checking in, getting free Homecoming t-shirts and enjoying complimentary food from Subway. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the form provided on the Homecoming website.

Go Gophers!

Tuesday Night Gatherings

Two very important Homecoming events are happening tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 29. First, there is a Volunteer Open House from 5 to 6:30pm in Coffman room 324. Anyone still interested in getting involved with Homecoming can come and sign-up to volunteer for events. There will also be free pizza!

Immediately following the Open House, is the Town Hall Meeting. The Town Hall Meeting is mandatory for all competitions participants. For those attending, music and rosters are due. It will be in the Mississippi Rom of Coffman at 7pm. Given this is the last meeting before Homecoming, the excitement is building!

Go Gophers!

September 22, 2009

Golden Giveaways!

SANY3009.JPGLook out for the golden swarm of Homecoming Volunteer Ambassadors! If you see them, you will want to hurry over as quickly as possible to get your hands on some cool Homecoming giveaways! The Homecoming Volunteer Ambassadors are a group of students who are knowledgeable about Homecoming, assist with Homecoming events and help distribute promotions on campus. They can be easily spotted by their gold Homecoming t-shirts.

This week, on Monday and Tuesday, Homecoming Volunteer Ambassadors passed out water bottles stuffed with candy and Homecoming items around the mall area in front of Coffman. The highly energetic group will be out again next week with more things to give away. Keep your eyes peeled as the freebies won't last long!

Go Gophers!

September 20, 2009

A Pair of Panels

Paint the Bridge Panels.jpgWhile the nice weather has maybe compelled you to walk outside while crossing the Washington Avenue pedestrian bridge, you should take a look inside to see all the newly painted panels. Homecoming painted two panels, which are both pictured above. One is located near the East Bank side of campus while the other is closer to West Bank. Whichever direction you are walking on the bridge, be sure to check them out!

Go Gophers!

September 13, 2009

A 'Full' Line-up

mens gymnastics.jpgAs expectations grow and excitement levels rise for the Ultimate Homecoming this fall, the Homecoming Parade has reached its maximum capacity. Over the past several months entries have been confirmed and spots have been expanded to allow as many groups to be in the parade as possible. The parade line-up is finalized marking the official closing of parade registration.

The entries represent levels of diversity, variety and energy that will bring parade attendees to their feet cheering up and down the parade route. The Minnesota Rouser will sound as groups march, perform, and entertain the crowds with uniquely enhanced entries. Come celebrate the Ultimate Homecoming and help generate unprecedented levels of excitement and spirit during the parade!

Go Gophers!

September 7, 2009

2008 Homecoming King & Queen: Where Are They Now?

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The Homecoming Royalty embodies the University's ideals and values and their role is to represent the student body. As 2008 Homecoming King and Queen, Connor Stowe and Megan Hines did just that. Both were actively involved on campus and attended many events to represent the U. But what are they doing now?

Stowe graduated in May with a triple major in Journalism, Art History and Studies in Cinema and Media Culture. He spent the summer working for a community based organization in India and hopes to continue with that job in the future. Stowe's most memorable moment from Homecoming 2008 was making a giant cookie for the visual display competition. He had fun expressing his Gopher pride with artistic freedom and also enjoyed eating the cookie afterwards!

Hines is currently finishing up her degree at the University. She is staying busy on campus, working with the Panhellenic Council and the Board of Regents. Hines still remembers the feeling of walking out on to the field to be crowned. She was nervous and overwhelmed by all the people in the stands. It turned out to be a memorable experience though as she was invited to University President Bruininks' suite after the coronation!

When asked about what advice they would give to the 2009 Royalty court, both Stowe and Hines say to have fun with the experience. "Win or lose, it is just such a fun time meeting other people on the court and getting in the spirit of Homecoming," Stowe adds.

Go Gophers!