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May 31, 2011

Homecoming 2011: Meet Angela Ugorets and Kevin Walker

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Hometown: Minnetonka, Minnesota
College: College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS)
Major: Animal Science
Minors: Spanish, Leadership

Angela Ugorets is a Sophomore from Minnetonka, Minnesota, majoring in Animal Science, and minoring in Spanish and Leadership. She is always looking for ways to get involved on campus; she served on the 2010 Homecoming Committee, is currently an ambassador for Hillel, a campus student group, and is currently Vice President of Programming on Panhellenic Council. She loves to travel and is excited to study abroad this summer in Venezuela, but can't wait to get back in time for the Fall semester and Homecoming 2011! Go Gophers!

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Hometown: Cottage Grove, Minnesota
College: CLA
Major: Professional Strategic Communication: Advertising
Minor: Business Management, Study in Cinema and Media Culture

Kevin Walker is studying advertising, management, and cinema and media culture in hopes to break into the film industry as a big budget movie producer. He absolutely loves to snowboard, spend time with his beautiful girlfriend, volunteer with Feed My Starving Children and other benefit groups, create and discover new things, shoot photography and bike. He is a founding father of Tau Kappa Epsilon, and a proud member of the Ski & Snowboard Club. He cannot be more thrilled to be a part of Homecoming Royalty, but he will be even more excited to represent the greatest university in the nation as the 2011 UMN Homecoming King! GO GOPHERS!


May 20, 2011

Homecoming 2011: Meet Justine Sharkey and Dan Swendsen

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Hometown: Prior Lake, Minnesota
Major: Political Science Major, Public Affairs Emphasis / Leadership Minor
College: College of Liberal Arts

Justine Sharkey is a senior from Prior Lake, Minnesota. She is currently majoring in Political Science with a minor in leadership. When she is not studying or coaching lacrosse, you can find her at her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, where she is the Personal Development Coordinator. She also is a dedicated member of Rho Lambda, the National Sorority Leadership Recognition Society. Justine is honored to be a part of Homecoming Royalty Court and represent the University.

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Hometown: Edina, Minnesota
Major: Marketing and Sales
College: CEHD/CSOM

Dan is majoring in marketing and sales here in his fourth year at the U of M. He likes to spend his free time traveling, making new friends, boating and eating. He is a proud member of University of Minnesota Greek Community through his Fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon. Dan enjoys giving back through the charity he helped form- Students Impacting Communities. Dan is excited for Homecoming 2011 and hopes he can help represent the U as your next Homecoming King!


May 17, 2011

Royalty 2011: Meet Jen Marmer and Muaz Rushdi

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Hometown: Menasha, WI
Majors: Communication Studies & Public Relations
College: College of Liberal Arts, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Jen is a junior studying Public Relations and Communication Studies. Outside of classes Jen loves to keep herself busy. Through her recent involvement with the We Are...Minnesota Spirit Initiative as the 2010-2011 Intern, she has fallen in love with Minnesota Athletics. More love for Minnesota sports is shown by keeping herself busy working at TCF Bank Stadium giving tours and working in the office. Jen is excited to be involved with Homecoming 2011--another opportunity to show off her MAROON and GOLD pride!


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Hometown: Duluth, MN
Majors: Biomedical Engineering
College: College of Science and Engineering

Hi Gophers! My name's Muaz Nik Rushdi and I am an incoming senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry in the College of Science and Engineering. I am from the cool city of Duluth, Minnesota and have loved the past three years down here in the Twin Cities.

I love marathon running, dabbling with my acoustic guitar, and cooking delicious meals in my past time. An interesting fact about myself is that I spent 8 years of my life in the wonderful country of Malaysia. I'm so grateful to have been selected to represent the student body of the University on the Homecoming Court and can't wait for the excitement and buzz Homecoming brings to the campus and to see everyone out enjoying it!

May 13, 2011

Royalty 2011: Meet Joanna Fritsch and Doug Manthei

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Hometown: Sioux Falls
Major: Marketing
College: Carlson School of Management

Hi, my name is Joanna Fritsch and I am a senior studying Marketing at the Carlson School of Management. Formerly from South Dakota, I am thrilled to be enrolled in my senior year at The University of Minnesota. While I feel as though I have been an unofficial cheerleader for the Gophers for my entire life, I am honored to be a captain of the University of Minnesota All-Girl Cheerleading Team. Outside of cheerleading, I spend my time studying in the library, participating in student organizations both on and off campus, and volunteering. I have a passion for kids, athletics, and of course, the Golden Gophers! I am both excited and humbled to represent my fellow students on the Homecoming Court. Ski-U-Mah!

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Hometown: Alexandria, Minnesota
Major: Economics
College: College of Liberal Arts


Doug is in his Junior year of studying Economics and is originally from Alexandria, Minnesota. Doug is a self described Gopher "Superfan," his favorite colors are maroon and gold and his least favorite is red! He enjoys attending all kinds of Gopher events but especially enjoys football, hockey, and volleyball games. Doug is an active participant in the student body and he is most proud of being the Vice President of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. The thing he looks forward to most about Homecoming is the Gophers beating the Huskers Ski-U-Mah!

May 9, 2011

Royalty 2011: Meet Laura Fitzpatrick and Mason Boutros

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Hometown: Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Major: Public Relations and Advertising
Minor: Spanish
College: Journalism School

Hello Gophers! My name is Laura Fitzpatrick, but I'm more likely to answer to Fitz or Fitzy. I am a born and raised Minnesota girl from Eden Prairie and a junior studying Public Relations/Advertising in the Journalism School with a minor in Spanish from the College of Liberal Arts. When I'm not giving campus tours as an Admissions Ambassador or working at The Minnesota Daily, I enjoy eating Captain Crunch Berries, listening to my iPod which contains mostly Disney soundtracks or rap songs, and smiling awkwardly at strangers until they smile back. I did the "stanky leg" in my high school commencement address, can list all of the elements on the Periodic Table...in song, and I know the dance moves to *NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye." Once I had a teacher tell my parents that if I was put in a room alone with nothing but a paper clip I would be able to entertain myself for hours. My world ended when Cory Matthews from Boy Meets World married Topanga as he was my first celebrity crush. I believe Oreos have to be double-stuffed and that all that glitters is maroon AND gold.

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Hometown: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Major: Nursing
College: School of Nursing

Mason Boutros is a Senior Nursing student originally from Sioux Falls, SD, but was actually born in Madrid! He is involved with a wide array of organizations on campus and currently serves as Director of Fundraising for Colleges Against Cancer and Relay For Life. Mason also volunteers for the American Cancer Society as a National Scout. In addition to being known for his active involvement on campus, Mason is also known around campus for his dance moves!
Mason feels privileged to be a part of the 2011 Homecoming Court because he believes that with anything and everything U of M, "All That Glitters Is Gold!"