The University of Minnesota hosted Feedback Friday in the Bierman Field Athletic Building on Friday, March 28th.
 
The professional development event organized by University of Minnesota Student-Athlete Development and sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car presented student-athletes with an opportunity to prepare for post-college careers.
 
Student-athletes participated in practice interviews and resume reviews. They also had the chance to speak with a Talent Acquisition Specialist about employment openings at Enterprise.

"Feedback Friday and other professional development events are incredibly beneficial to me," Anne Ferguson from the women's cross country/track & field said. "Having my resume reviews and most importantly speaking with employers gives me confidence when I attend other professional events."

Written by Andrew Doughty
University of Minnesota Student-Athlete Development Intern



McCutcheon Helps Celebrate World Read Aloud Day

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As Gophers head coach Hugh McCutcheon is busy recruiting and planning spring volleyball practice, he took time out of his day to celebrate Read Across America week and World Read Aloud Day on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

McCutcheon was asked to participate in Jane Meyer's Wagner Elementary fifth grade-class (Litchfield, Minn.) and their "Wacky Wednesday." Taking part in one of Dr. Seuss' most popular books, McCutcheon read aloud Green Eggs and Ham via Skype. Following the book reading, a question and answer session was conducted with the fifth-graders. The Gopher head coach was one of nine guest readers for World Read Aloud Day within the Litchfield elementary education district.

Every year on the first Wednesday of March, World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud. At least 793 million people worldwide remain illiterate, including two-thirds women. World Read Aloud Day is in its fourth year and over 60 countries around the globe participated in the event.

Read more about WRAD here.

Special thanks to Luke Stordahl for the video contribution.





Unlimited Through Social Media

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Gopher Athletics assisted the Unlimited Dance Marathon to raise $83,746.59 in monetary and gift in kind donations, all of which goes towards Amplatz Children's Hospital. The University of Minnesota went from raising $13,800 in 2012 and 2013 combined to raising $83,746.59 this year. Gopher student-athletes, the Greek community and the general student body came out to support Amplatz and Unlimited, Feb. 22-23 at Mariucci Arena. Here's a look at what was being said on social media.

Unlimited Update: Blog from Hawthorne

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Written by Chris Hawthorne, Student Affairs Intern and Unlimited Executive Board Member

If you aren't familiar with the back story of Unlimited, here's an article from the Pioneer Press.

We are putting the finishing touches on what should be an incredible event for all involved. Some of the last minute logistics we are working on are finalizing the schedule, figuring out who is performing and what is happening when, what drawings we will do when, and just putting in a couple things to make this event as special as it should be. I think that the event from start to finish is something that this University can be really proud of and should be something that the students, alumni, families, and children can all really enjoy. We are really encouraging people to get there early and to start getting into position around 5 so when we recognize the families and children that will be there, they can get the reception they truly deserve. 

We will have a fully operational concession stand that will have all the food, drinks, and candy that anyone could want at discounted rates which will be great for all that come to this great event. We also have a bounce house, lots of giveaways and drawings, student-athletes and student group performances, motivational speeches, food, and lots of dancing. All in all, the night should and will be incredible and we hope each and every person that gets to read this can help make history and can come be apart of something that will bring our school, our students, our community together like never before.

Some items we'll be giving away
* Sun Country Round Trip Tickets (continental United States)
* Flexdine Gift Cards
* Minnesota Wild Tickets
* Golden Gopher Autographed Items

Thanks for your support and we'll see you in 3 days.

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Gophers and Beavers Join for Worthy Cause

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DONATE TO AMPLATZ AND UNLIMITED DANCE MARATHON

The Gopher Athletics department held a special ceremony at the Feb. 8 game at Ridder Arena. The Gophers welcomed back one of their former hockey players Jenelle (Philipczyk) Kelley and her husband, Ben, at the game against Bemidiji State. Jenelle and Ben's daughter, Lilah, who is two years old, is battling a rare form of nervous system cancer (neuroblastoma). Lilah's aunt, Jenessa Philipczyk, is a member of the Beaver hockey team as the two teams combined to raise awareness towards cancer. In a Gold Out celebration, funds were raised for Unlimited and the Amplatz Chilren's Hospital, where Lilah has been a recent patient.

Unlimited Update (2/4/14)

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Written by Chris Hawthorne, Student Affairs Intern and Unlimited Executive Board Member

Unlimited is in the final stages of planning and preparation as we get ready to hold the first annual Unlimited Dance Marathon, Feb. 22-23 in Mariucci Arena. As we begin putting the final touches on the schedule and events we will have this year, it's been incredible to spend a little bit of time thinking about where we were two years ago and how far we've come.

To say it's been a lot of work would truly be an understatement, but it's been something that has been so rewarding and has been something through which I, personally, have learned so much. I have been able to apply many of the things that I have learned in classes here at the U to real life scenarios and situations. It has also been really rewarding to work with so many incredible people, from all the different areas within the athletics department, to different students and student groups on campus, to different members of Greek life, to various other areas of campus that would take far too long to list, everyone that I have had the chance to work with has been great.

Looking forward to the event, I couldn't be more excited for all that's going to take place. Coming off of a logistical meeting with Craig Flor and his staff at Mariucci, I am so excited to see the incredible things that they will pull off from the venue and staging perspective. From curtains to lighting to speakers to a/v and cameras, his staff along with the communications, marketing, and various other parts of the athletic department have teamed up to put on something that I really think people will have a great time at.

We have put the final touches on the music plan, have met with the DJ's, have began the slotting process of which student groups will perform when, are finalizing which children and families will speak when, and have a couple of surprise on campus celebrities that we are hoping will make an appearance. Additionally, we are finalizing what great items we will have for our auction which will be up on the concourse during the entire 12 hours. Just as a teaser, we will have a great giveaway for Spring Break that people and especially students and families won't want to miss. 

All in all, we are in a great place right now. We have a lot of work left to do over the last few weeks, but we can't wait to see everyone at 6pm on February 22nd at Mariucci Arena. 


Gopher Coaches Featured on Live BIG

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Gophers Volunteer With Special Olympics

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The University of Minnesota women's hockey team was in full force as 14 members of the team volunteered with the Special Olympics at the state poly hockey tournament, Sunday, Jan. 26 in Golden Valley, Minn.

The Gopher contingent of Milica McMillen, Sidney Peters, Amanda Leveille, Kate Flug, Kate Schipper, Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Paige Haley, Kelsey Cline, Shyler Sletta, Baylee Gillianders, Sarah Davis, Bethany Brausen and Kelly Terry were in attendance from 12-6. The group interacted with the participants and presented awards during the Special Olympics ceremony.

The Gopher women's hockey team has always had a long-standing tradition of community service. Earlier this month, the team held a teddy bear toss to donate to Toys for Tots, while Feb. 8 game against Bemidiji State, the team will hold a Gold Out as proceeds go towards Amplatz Children's Hospital and Unlimited Dance Marathon.

Camps Give Back to Smile Network

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The J Robinson Intensive Camps aren't just making wrestlers better as athletes, but as individuals. Along with teaching the core values of discipline, dedication, sacrifice, hard work, responsibility, accountability and service, the camps also teaches them to give back to a worthy cause.

The 37-year head coach and his youth camps donated $5,701 to the Smile Network International and presented a check towards the non-profit organization at their monthly luncheon, Thursday, Jan. 23 in Minneapolis.

The Smile Network is a Minnesota-based non-profit, humanitarian organization that provides life altering, reconstructive surgeries and related health care services to impoverished children and young adults in developing countries. For every $500 raised, the Smile Network has the ability to perform a surgery on a child or adult.

Each summer, youth wrestlers who attend the J Robinson Intensive Camps have the opportunity to donate money towards the Smile Network. At the conclusion, Robinson Intensive Camps match the total youth donation, all of which goes directly towards the Smile Network. Now in its fifth year donating towards the Smile Network, the camps have raised over $7,000 in just the past two seasons.

Gophers Bowl at Lanes for Friendship

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The Gopher baseball team was well-represented at the Highland Friendship Club's Lanes for Friendship event. Pictured here with Jack Jablonski.


The Highland Friendship Club's seventh annual Lanes for Friendship event took place last weekend. Gopher baseball coaches and student-athletes attended to bowl and spend time with other participants.

Pat Leseman, the mother of former Gopher baseball player Tony Leseman, founded the HFC in 2002. From the organization's website: "The mission of the Highland Friendship Club is to serve individuals with disabilities from teens through adulthood by providing a range of opportunities to develop lifelong skills, friendships and connections within their community."

To learn more, visit http://highlandfriendshipclub.org/.