Party on the Plaza Pep Rally, Goldy Statue Unveiled on Friday

Go Gophers! This bronze statue of Goldy Gopher will be unveiled at Friday's Party on the Plaza event.
Go Gophers!
This bronze statue of Goldy Gopher will be unveiled at Friday's Party on the Plaza event.
Go Gophers!

What: Party on the Plaza & Goldy Gopher Statue Unveiling Event
When: Friday, Sept. 7, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Front Plaza, Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E. Minneapolis
RSVP: Facebook Event

Party on the Plaza, hosted at Coffman Memorial Union’s Front Plaza, 300 Washington Ave. S.E. Minneapolis, on Friday, Sept. 7 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., will be the first pep rally for the university community during the first week of fall semester.

President Eric Kaler, football coach Jerry Kill and athletics director Norwood Teague will deliver remarks to ignite excitement for the upcoming academic year and Golden Gopher athletics.

The event also boasts the unveiling of the bronze Goldy Gopher prototype statue which officially kicks off the “Give a Coin, Give a Dollar, Leave a Legacy” campaign. This campaign aims to give the Goldy Gopher statue a permanent home in front of Coffman Memorial Union to leave a legacy for future generations. No student services fees, taxpayer dollars or university funds will be used for the Goldy statue. Contributions are voluntary and can be made in three ways:

  • Wear a "Leave a Legacy" bracelet which are being sold for $2 at Student Unions & Activities' events and retail locations (Gopher Express, Gopher Spot, Goldy's Gameroom, Info Desk, Coffman Theater Concessions, Coffman Union Post Office), University Bookstore and the U Card office.
  • Drop coins and cash into the donation box located on the first floor of Coffman Memorial Union near the bronze prototype display or Student Unions & Activities' retail locations (Gopher Express, Gopher Spot, Goldy's Gameroom, Info Desk, Coffman Theater Concessions, Coffman Union Post Office).

Below is the tentative schedule of events for Friday's event:

12:00pm: Marching Band and Spirit Squads storm the Front Plaza of Coffman Union
12:03pm: Gopher Radio Network voice Mike Grimm welcomes people to the event
12:04pm: U of M students Ashley Kaser and Jenna Stauffer unveil the Bronze Goldy Statue
12:09pm: Mike Grimm introduces President Kaler
12:10pm: President Kaler's remarks
12:12pm: Mike Grimm introduces Coach Kill
12:13pm: Coach Kill's remarks
12:15pm: Mike Grimm introduces Norwood Teague
12:16pm: Norwood Teague Remarks
12:18pm: Marching Band plays the Rouser
12:21pm: Event program concludes

For more information, visit: http://sua.umn.edu/goldystatue.