North Dakota Spirit Week Jan. 9-14 highlights importance of philanthropy
by Patrick C. Miller
Posted on 1/6/2012
North Dakota Spirit Week
The first-ever North Dakota Spirit week will take place at the University of North Dakota Monday through Saturday (Jan. 9-14) to demonstrate the importance of philanthropy within the University experience. A series of activities and events throughout the week will create awareness of the North Dakota Spirit Campaign among students, faculty and staff. The campaign's goal is to raise $300 million for the University and, to date, has raised more than $244 million.
Two students will be selected to receive the Student Spirit Award based on their demonstrated leadership in service, philanthropy, community involvement and academics. The recipients will receive $1,000 each - $500 for their personal tuition and fees, and $500 to be gifted to a UND program of their choice.
Also during Spirit Week, a "Text to Pledge" campaign will enable people to pledge support to an integral part of UND's school spirit - the UND Pride of the North Marching Band. All pledges received during Spirit Week will benefit the band and support UND's North Dakota Spirit campaign. During the UND men's hockey series against Minnesota, Hugo's Family Marketplace will match every pledge made.
Spirit Week will show school spirit by "greening out" the Memorial Union and providing the history of philanthropy at UND with unique campaign facts featured throughout parts of campus.
Tuesday-Saturday, Jan. 10-14 Spirit Headquarters, Memorial Union, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Students, faculty and staff can discover how the North Dakota Spirit is alive and well on UND's campus while enjoying refreshments and taking part in games, trivia and fun.
Tuesday, Jan. 10 Ice sculpture - An ice sculpture of the UND flame will be carved in front of Memorial Union.
Thursday: Jan. 12 State of the Alumni Association & Foundation Address, 4 p.m., Chester Fritz Library: UND Alumni Association & Foundation Executive Vice President and CEO Tim O'Keefe will discuss how the vision of UND's founders is being carried out.
UND Basketball, Betty Engelstad Sioux Center - The women's team takes on Jamestown at 6 p.m. and the men's team plays Valley City State at 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 13 Show Your Spirit Day - Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear their UND colors - green, white, orange or even pink - to show their spirit.
Friday-Saturday, Jan.13-14 UND Men's Hockey, Ralph Engelstad Arena - UND takes on arch rival University of Minnesota in a season rematch at 7:37 p.m. Friday and 7:07 p.m. Saturday. Fans who can't be at the Ralph can watch the games from 16 satellite parties around the country.
Saturday, Jan. 14 Spirit Ski with the Kelleys, 10 a.m., UND Wellness Center - Join UND President Robert and First Lady Marcia Kelley as they lead a cross-country ski group along a course that showcases UND's campus and the English Coulee. The first 50 participants will receive a free t-shirt, and free ski rental is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 14-15 UND Women's Hockey, Ralph Engelstad Arena - UND's sixth-ranked women's hockey team takes on No. 1 Wisconsin at 2:07 p.m. Saturday and 2:07 p.m. Sunday.