MARILYN HAGERTY: Homecoming time for UND pride
"Stand up and cheer. Stand up and cheer for North Dakota." Those are the first lines of the University of North Dakota fight song. And if Lowell Schweigert had his way, everyone would join in singing it when the Friday UND fan luncheons are held ...
“Stand up and cheer. Stand up and cheer for North Dakota.”
Those are the first lines of the University of North Dakota fight song. And if Lowell Schweigert had his way, everyone would join in singing it when the Friday UND fan luncheons are held at the Alerus Center.
He’s the brother of the new football coach, Bubba Schweigert. Lowell works in the financial world and was master of ceremonies at the fan luncheons long before Bubba came back to town this year.
Lowell watches to see who sings the song. It goes on: “Pledge your loyalty, for she’s our Alma Mater true. Our team is fighting, and we will help them see it through. We’ve got the team. We’ve got the steam. So North Dakota here’s to you.”
There will be a fan luncheon today at the Alerus. There will be a parade down University Avenue Saturday morning before the Homecoming game. The parade starts at 10 a.m. The game with Portland State is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
There is, indeed, so much going on it makes a person’s head spin. Tonight, there’s hockey at the Ralph with Bemidji State. There’s a homecoming breakfast at Gorecki Alumni Center after the paradeSaturday. And a Green Gallop walk/run awaits those who are up and at it by 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
The 2014 UND homecoming king and queen will be crowned at half time during the football game.
Hall of Fame
Sharon Gates has moved on to retirement. But the former principal at Lake Agassiz elementary school will be among those inducted to the 2014 Teachers Hall of Fame. The ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday is planned for the Red River High School theater.
Along with Gates, Harold Rebenitsch and Nancy Zimney will be honored. And two former teachers being recognized posthumously are Al Gratz and Elton Skarperud. Gratz is remembered for his passion for music as a teacher at Central High School. Skarperud was a teacher and principal who closed his career as assistant superintendent of the Grand Forks schools between 1960 and 1965.
Q. When are the UND fan luncheons held in Fargo?
A. They are on the second Tuesday of the month - with the next one coming up next week. They are held at the Ramada Plaza and Suites at 1635 42nd St. S. Lunch costs $13 and fans have a chance to hear the UND sports story straight from the coaches.
Q. How many people will take part in the Homecoming Green Gallop walk/run at UND Sunday morning?
A. I think there will be 76 strong and brave people ready to go at 9:30 a.m.
Greg and Sandy
Cheerful people of the week: Greg Wischer and Sandy Slater.
Reach Marilyn Hagerty at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (701) 772-1055 .