Athletics Holds Young Professionals Dinner

Go Gophers! Football's Luke McAvoy
Go Gophers!
Football's Luke McAvoy
Go Gophers!

March 11, 2014

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The University of Minnesota held one of its Young Professional's Etiquette Dinner, Monday, March 10, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium. Over 18 teams were represented and 14 companies were in attendance.

The event, a semi-annual networking and etiquette dinner, is an opportunity for student-athletes to dress in formal attire and meet local professionals while learning proper dinner etiquette. This event is one of numerous career development opportunities offered to all University of Minnesota student-athletes in preparation for post-college careers.

The professionals represented Allianz, Ameriprise Financial, BWBR Architects, CenterPoint Energy, Children's Hospital of Minnesota, G&K, GradStaff, Medtronic, State Fund Mutual, Tria Orthopaedic Center, Target, United States Marine Corps and University of Minnesota Athletics.

Gopher alums were also a part of the dinner in basketball's Jamal Abu-Shamala (Medtronic), football's Ray Hawes (retired professional) and Dr. Joel Boyd (Tria Orthopaedic Center), swimming's Josh Hall (Allianz) and Sean McCaffrey (Target), track's Nick Hutton (GradStaff) and Ben Puhl (G&K) and softball's Shannon Stemper (Ameriprise).

Attending the event was men's basketball (Charles Buggs, Elliott Eliason, Joey King, Oto Osenieks, Kendal Shell), football (Kyle McAvoy, Luke McAvoy), women's golf (Pai Theinthong, Sarinee Thitiratanakorn), men's gymnastics (Steven Jaciuk, Nick Olson), women's gymnastics (Bailey Abernathy, Rachel Haines, Kaitlin Rahon, Kylie Schermann, Kayla Slechta), rowing (Armonia Balch, Julia Eckert, Aria Lambert, McKenzie Lukacs, Kjerstin Meyer, Kersten Schwanz, Amy VanHeel, Katherine Windsor), soccer (Allie Reinke, Katie Thyken, Taylor Wodnick), softball (Sara Du Paul, Brandi McGregor, Paige Palkovich, Erika Smith), women's swimming (Brandon Hatanaka), women's tennis (Tereza Brichacova, Julia Courter, Pauline Gilbert, Jessika Mozia), women's track & field (Te'Shon Adderley, Anne Ferguson, Thana Hussein), volleyball (Morgan Bohl, Kalei Mau, Daly Santana, Paige Tapp), wrestling (Steven Keogh, Alec Ortiz, Conrad Rangell, Jonathan Volp) and former Gopher baseball player Cole De Vries.