Homecoming at MSUM, Monday through Sept. 24, is not only about the activities or the sporting events, but bringing students, faculty, staff, community and alumni together to share something they have in common, Dragon pride.
“Students and faculty here should be proud to be Dragons, and alumni should be proud of their alma mater,” said Megan Nitschke, Dragon Entertainment Group’s showcase coordinator.
The homecoming coordinators introduced the new theme “Welcome Home Dragon Nation” as a representation of how proud MSUM and the Fargo-Moorhead community are to be Dragons.
To tie this theme with the variety of activities and events MSUM homecoming has to offer, homecoming co-coordinators Lindsay Marosi and William Krumwiede invited the community and alumni to campus.
“There are so many changes on campus that should be embraced, and bringing together the school, athletics and community is really important,” Marosi said.
Showing others the growth and pride of MSUM, while keeping tradition, was a main focus for the homecoming coordinators and Dragon Entertainment Group when choosing activities and events that will be held during homecoming week.
MSUM homecoming week contains many traditional activities that the homecoming coordinators and Dragon Entertainment Group view as an important part of MSUM pride. People all over the Fargo-
Moorhead area gather to see the traditional events homecoming has to offer.
One such event is the burning of the M with fireworks, which will be held at 9 p.m. on Sept. 23. in the Nemzek practice field. This traditional event started 20 years ago when the athletic director burned an M she found under the stands. She didn’t know of any another way to dispose of it.
Other traditional events are the MSUM Dragon Parade, hypnotist Frederick Winters and the 5K walk/run.
The parade will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 24. It consists of a variety of unique floats that circle the MSUM campus and show their Dragon pride.
Hypnotist Frederick Winters will perform at 8 p.m. on Sept. 21 in the Hansen Theater. Winter includes the audience in the act by bringing students on stage. This allows the audience to become involved.
“It’s likely that those in attendance will know someone on stage, and that brings the laughter closer to home,” Nitschke said.
The 5K walk/run, at 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 24, had a great growth in popularity from last year, turning it into a “must-attend” event for the community. The 5K adds an athletic option to the week, shifting the focus toward fun and friendly competition to kick off the day full of celebration.
In addition to the traditional events, the homecoming coordinators added many fresh ideas to the activities schedule hoping to improve student’s experiences during Homecoming week.
“We (homecoming coordinators) worked hard to incorporate what has gone well in past years with new ideas,” Marosi said.
Some ideas include inviting the community to Nemzek for a game night at 6 and a pre-pep rally at 9 p.m. both on Monday. The homecoming coordinators added many alumni events, so they can celebrate Dragon pride with current MSUM students. Events include the Distinguished Alumni Banquet on Sept. 23 in the Heritage Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead.
“All of the homecoming activities and events provide a fun atmosphere and encourage participation as well as diversity and a sense of belonging,” Nitschke said.
Each activity allows everyone to get involved and create a feeling of pride. The variety of events is not only made to give students options, but also encourage students to encounter new people and experience different opportunities. Homecoming week provides several opportunities for students, faculty, staff and alumni to show that they are “Proud to be a Dragon.”
For more information on homecoming week, visit www.mnstate.edu/homecoming/2011events.cfm.
BY SAMANTHA STARK