November's Alumni Cheerleader/Dancer of the Month

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NAME (MAIDEN NAME): Susan Bordson (Hutchinson)

WHAT TEAM YOU WERE ON WITHIN THE SPIRIT SQUAD:
Co-Ed Cheer squad 8 guys, 8 girls 1982-’83 season Football and Basketball
Gopher Danceline 1983-’84 season Football and Basketball

SHARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOITE SPIRIT SQUAD MEMORIES:
Homecoming Week and Homecoming Days were memorable because it was so much workyet such a great time. We always had lots of extra appearances during Homecoming. From the bonfires to the pepfests to the parades and then the pregrame showswe’d already put in a full day’s work before the game even started! By the end of the game, we were really exhausted.  Another memorable event was a squad Winnebago trip to Tennessee to participate in a national competition. We met cheer squads from all over the nationand I think we took home the award for what could be considered “Most Congenial”.  hehe I guess we lived up to the “Minnesota Nice” name!

It was always exhilarating and extra special when we had a chance as a Danceline to choreograph a performance to do WITH the U of M marching band for a half time show. I don't know if this is done anymore, but it was kind of a "first time" thing that year when the band director invited us to do that and we got to do it more than once. They provided us a recording of the song they wanted us to choreograph to (the first one was "She Works Hard for the Money" haha) and then we were kind of "featured" in front of the band at halftime.

WHAT HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE SPIRIT SQUAD DONE FOR YOU IN YOUR POST-COLLEGE LIFE:
I tried out on a whim thinking I didn’t really have a chance to make the squadso I learned  I should always give a good try at anything I’d really like to do, I shouldn’t underestimate my abilities, and it’s never too late to learn something new.

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO CHEER/DANCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA WHEN YOU WERE IN COLLEGE:
I went to games my freshman year and missed being in the middle of all that spirit, enthusiasm and music!  I loved watching how the U of M Marching Band and the spirit squads worked together to create that great collegiate atmosphere. I’d always cheered throughout school, but once I saw the Big 10 level of quality, I wanted to experience what it was like to be a part of that firsthand.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT THE GOPHER SPIRIT SQUAD THAT YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH ME?
Only that I still love to hear Minnesota Fight songsand the MN Rouser is one of the best in the nation.   I’d also like to find out where my old partner is and how he’s doing! Where are you Al?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH US SOME THINGS ABOUT YOUR LIFE NOW (FOR INSTANCE DO YOU STILL LIVE IN MINNESOTA, DO YOU HAVE CHILDREN, WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?)
I graduated from the U of M with a degree in Speech Communications.  I worked as a producer at WCCO TV, a Creative Director at BI Peformance Services, and a Promotions Manager at HBO Asia in Singapore before I became a stay at home mom in Bloomington, MN.  I keep my career skills honed by volunteering regularly at Children’s HeartLink, a Minnesota-grown medical nonprofit that does extraordinary work in the field of treating and preventing congenital heart disease in developing countries. I help them with special events planning, marketing and communications.  Please visit www.childrensheartlink.org to see pictures of our gala in September!

My husband Todd also graduated from the U of M with an ME degree. He was a Gopher soccer player and lived in the same dorm as I did...Centennial Hall. He is currently employed at Seagate Technology. Our children are Caitlin, 15 and Bennett, 12.

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