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April 27, 2012

Royalty 2012: Meet Charlotte Paguyo and Chuck Seymour

Charlotte Paguyo

jpgCharlotte will be a junior this fall at the University of Minnesota. Her major is Bachelor of Individualized Studies - mass communication, management, and global studies. She is from Minneapolis.

A fun fact about Charlotte is that she read the Hunger Games trilogy in three days. She also once completed six service projects in six days in six different states. She lives in the house that her mom grew up in and has been to every midnight premiere of Harry Potter. Charlotte is a Beyonce aficionada.

Chuck Seymour

Chuck.pngChuck is a Scientific and Technical Communication major at the U with a Leadership minor. He is from Aurora, IL, and is a huge Chicago Blackhawks fan (sorry Wild fans). Chuck has been outside of the country twice, visiting both Canada and Russia.

When he's feeling lazy, Chuck likes to snack on chips and watch both Animal Planet and National Geographic. He has an unusual interest in candles and utilizes Spotify religiously. His favorite summertime activity is having a BBQ with friends. Chuck hardly ever reads a book unless he knows that it's based off of a movie.

Congratulations Charlotte and Chuck!

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Royalty 2012: Meet Bronwyn Miller and Vincent Phan

Bronwyn Miller

Bronwyn.jpgBronwyn will be a senior this fall at the University of Minnesota. She is from Eden Prairie, MN and has a deep love for old school Nickelodeon shows, theme parties, and any (and every) form of carbohydrate. After arriving back on campus from studying in Ecuador for the full 2011-2012 school year, Bronwyn couldn't be more psyched about once again having her classes taught in English, going to football games instead of futbol games, and being surrounded by maroon and gold!

According to Bronwyn's friends, she has a mysterious knack for attracting awkward situations. She also has a talent for memorizing song lyrics, and has received more than one standing ovation after her Salt-n-Pepa and Jay-Z karaoke performances. Bronwyn once planked on the Equator, and she is known to often propose the Warhead Challenge to unsuspecting strangers. She is incredibly excited to be representing the U on the Homecoming Court!

Vincent Phan

Vincent.jpgVincent is in his junior year at the U of M with a double major in Accounting and Management Information Systems. Although he was born in St. Paul, at the age of one he moved to Germany, where he stayed for 14 years of his life - which is why he has such an awesome German accent!

Vincent is a proud member of Sigma Pi and the Greek Community at large. When he's not busy with school or work, he shares his passion for Minnesota with prospective students, parents, and distinguished alumni through the Carlson Ambassador program. He is also a co-founder and board member of the Undergraduate Consulting Club, as well as a consultant in the Carlson Venture Enterprises. Vincent loves to travel, and has one big passion in life: food!

Congratulations Bronwyn and Vincent! For information on Homecoming royalty, contact: homecoming@umn.edu.

April 25, 2012

Royalty 2012: Meet Katie Kranz and Brett Johnston

Katie Kranz

Katie Kranz.jpgKatie is a Secondary English Education major at the University of Minnesota with a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Katie comes from Lakeville, MN, and would someday like to be the mayor of her hometown. After graduation she hopes to teach English in South America.

An interesting fact about Katie is that she can sing the names of the fifty states in alphabetical order. Some of her favorite things include coffee, the Bible, yoga, puppies, painting her nails, and sunny days. Katie loves teeth and has an irrational fear of keys swinging next to her. Her favorite band is still the Backstreet Boys.

Brett Johnston

Brett jpgBrett will be in his senior year at the University of Minnesota next year. He's from the small town of Benson, MN, and is studying Marketing and Human Resources. Brett loves to travel (although he claims he never really goes anywhere) and has run two marathons throughout his life. His two favorite foods are ice cream and cookies - by a long stretch.

During his college career, Brett has been able to study abroad in Buenos Aires and Argentina. He is unbelievably pumped to be taking tumbling and gymnastics this coming fall, and is so excited for Homecoming to get started!

Congratulations Katie and Brett!
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Royalty 2012: Meet Meg Barnes and Colin Burke

Meg Barnes

Meg Barnes.jpgGrowing up in cozy Alexandria, MN made Meg a true Midwestern girl. At an early age she began her passion for Journalism, and currently she is a senior at the best school she could possibly imagine. Her love for writing has drawn her to become a Professional Strategic Communications major within the School of Journalism, and she is interested in all things public relations. Meg also has a Leadership minor.

Since 2009, Meg's heart has held a spot for non-profit organizations, specifically tailored to prevention of human-trafficking. In the future, she would love to be an advocate for creating possibility for the hopeless, and is looking forward to post-college-life after a rewarding college experience at the U of M.

Meg finds inspiration in anything and everything, and listening to people and encouraging their possibilities is her 'energizer bunny' on a day-to-day basis. She loves embracing her geekiness, while pouring through books in her free time. Meg is honored at the opportunity to be on the U of M's Homecoming Royalty Court, and can't wait to be involved in every minute of it.

Colin Burke

Colin.jpgBorn and raised in Apple Valley, Minnesota, Colin excitedly staved off the influence of his Badger and Wildcat older brothers to stay home and become a Gopher. Colin is entering his senior year at the U, majoring in chemical engineering and minoring in Spanish.

At the U of M, Colin has been involved with student government, having served as the vice president of the Minnesota Student Association, and within the Greek community, having served as president of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Colin has enjoyed making lasting friendships while playing drums in the University of Minnesota Jazz Combos and, his freshman year, tossing the disc around with University of Minnesota club Ultimate team, Minnesota Grey Duck.

In his spare time, Colin is an avid backpacker, with the Grand Canyon and Grand Tetons a couple of his favorite treks under his boots. He loves listening to (and looking like) John Mayer, learning about his Irish-American heritage, and eating any kind of fruit.

Congratulations Meg and Colin!

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April 12, 2012

Back to the Basics: A Homecoming History

Homecoming is a longstanding tradition at the University of Minnesota, and one that we look forward to each year with anticipation. Over the years the homecoming tradition has transformed, facing new themes and elements of celebration over time. This ritual began nearly a century ago at the university. Let's see how homecoming got its start!

During 1910-1930 the U of M began celebrating homecoming. The theme ranges included everything from 'Back to Campus' to 'Roman' to 'Crusader Homecoming' and even a 'Viking' theme. The homecoming parade was an important aspect of the Gopher homecoming tradition that proudly continues on today.

1923-Alpha-Phi-parade-float.jpgWith the presence of WW1 during the 1918-1920 school years, homecoming events were put on hold. After the war years came to a close the Gopher homecoming tradition was picked up again, with even greater celebration in store.

The first football game to be played at the once-existing Memorial Stadium was the homecoming game of 1924. Memorial Stadium was located in the spot where McNamara Alumni Center now stands - quite a change from the new TCF Stadium! Halftime shows during this era included gymnastics, tumbling acts, and a melodrama all in one show.

That's enough history for now, Minnesota! Check back next week for updates!

April 2, 2012

A Legendary Start

Hey Minnesota! With the new coordinators in place and Homecoming 2012 plans brewing, we are excited to announce that YOU have chosen the Homecoming 2012 theme to be 'Legendary U!' What a fitting theme for a university that has been legendary in so many aspects throughout the years. With everything from our academics to athletics, and our research to our alumni, we truly are representative of a legendary university!

Speaking of legends, the Homecoming 2012 Coordinators are now scouting out candidates fit for a legendary Homecoming 2012 Royalty Court! The crowned King and Queen will receive a $500 monetary scholarship and represent the University of Minnesota and #UMNpride throughout their reign. So if you feel like you have what it takes to represent this Legendary U, head to the website and fill out an application by April 16!

That's all for now Minnesota- stay tuned!