Sept. 29-30 events include recognition of outstanding alumni and athletes

    Homecoming festivities will be held at the University of Minnesota Crookston the weekend of Sept. 29-30, and this year’s activities feature something for everyone. The theme chosen by the student body for Homecoming 2017 is “Bleed Maroon, Finish Gold.”

    Recognition of the Outstanding Alumni, recipient of the Abbey Award, and induction ceremony for the Athletic Hall of Fame will be held during the annual Alumni Awards Celebration on Friday, Sept. 29. The social begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 followed by the program in Sargeant Student Center’s Bede Ballroom. Contact Rose Ulseth at 281-8439 ( to make a reservation.

    The 2017 honorees include Brittani (Boehlke) Fiecke 2006, the recipient of the Abbey Award, which recognizes outstanding young alumni, and this year’s Outstanding Alumni Award recipients: Jeff Stauffenecker, 1990, and Carl Wittenburg, 1985. Inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame are Scott Oliver, coach, 1987-2002; Joe Hasz, 2006, men’s basketball; and the 2002 Men’s Golf Team.
Following the Alumni Awards Celebration, an alumni social will be held at Draft’s Sports Bar & Grill.

    On Saturday, activities include the following:

    • 9:30 a.m. - “Run Maroon, Finish Gold” 1-mile Color Run/Walk. The run is free for all participants young and old. Registration begins at 9 a.m. in order for participants to complete the waiver form. Wearing a white t-shirt is recommended. Starting line begins near Parking Lot E

    • 10:30 a.m. - Tailgating, catered by Erickson Smokehouse with music by Four Wheel Drive. No cash bar available. Bring your own canned beverage.

    • 1 p.m. - Golden Eagle Football vs. Bemidji State University, Ed Widseth Field

    • 4 p.m. - Post-game Social, I. C. Muggs

    Visit for an entire schedule of homecoming activities.