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Welcome home, Bulldogs.
Welcome back to Bulldog Country.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4


Bagley

|MAKE-A-WISH Walk for Wishes 5K
|Registration 9:00AM
|Run 10:00AM |Walk 11:00AM
|Bagley Nature Center
|$20 adults |$15 students
|Proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Start the week off bright and early with a run through beautiful Bagley. More information at Make-A-Wish. Sponsored by RSOP and Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).


ALL WEEK LONG

|MAKE-A-WISH Wall of Wishes
|Kirby Student Center Welcome Desk
|Sponsored by Kirby Student Center and TCF Bank

Grab a post-it at the Welcome Desk and write down your greatest wish. Put it up on the wall and get a buck for Make-A-Wish! TCF Bank will donate a dollar for every wish on the wall up to $600.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 5


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|LOVE YOUR MELON
|Kirby Garage
|10:00AM
|$30 (credit cards only)

Love Your Melon was founded in an entrepreneurship class at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota by two friends, Zach and Brian. On a mission to improve the lives of children battling cancer since October 22nd, 2012, it was founded on the simple concept of putting a hat on every child battling cancer in America. Learn more at Love Your Melon!
Colors available: gold, rose speckled, black speckled, charcoal, forest and grey speckled



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|CORN ROAST
|Kirby Terrace
|11:00AM - 2:00PM
|FREE

New traditions are good traditions. Celebrate the start of Homecoming week with some tasty corn off the grill. Lawn games available, rain or shine, and win prizes on the SA Activity Wheel. Tasty toppings for your corn, too! Sponsored by Kirby Program Board, the Multicultural Center, and Student Association.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6

HOT DOG TUESDAY


|HOT DOG EATING CONTEST
|Kirby Terrace
|11:00AM-2:00PM

Show up for your first of three chances today to score a free weiner. Welcome to Hot Dog Tuesday! Sponsored by Kirby Program Board and Greek Life.



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|FIRST ANNUAL RICK BRILL MEMORIAL
  FACULTY-STAFF FLAG FOOTBALL CHALLENGE

|Griggs Beach
|4:30PM

UMD lost a friend and colleague, Rick Brill, in September. An avid football fan and coach, Rick had encouraged his LSBE coworkers to enter this tournament. In his memory, the Brill Cup will be awarded to the winning team. Join us for fun, competition and a celebration of the kind of collegiality Rick embodied.







|DOGS EAT DOGS
|Ordean Court
|6:00PM
|FREE for UMD students

Hot dog eating contest, and dogs available for the non-competitive as well. Nom. Joey Chestnut will not be present.





|VOLLEYBALL
|Romano Gym
|7:00PM
|FREE for UMD students

The Bulldogs take on fellow national contender and archnemesis Concordia St Paul in this early-season clash that will affect the rest of the year.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7

|DRINKO
|Kirby Garage
|11:00AM-noon |Sponsored by Kirby Student Center
Drop your chip down the board...make your friend drink something DELICIOUS. Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd not included.



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|NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY LUNCHEON
|Kirby Ballroom
|Noon
|REGISTRATION REQUIRED
|FREE
All are welcome to celebrate Coming Out Day with featured speakers Jaym Fitzgerald and David Short. Registration is required. Please contact Kathy Heltzer or Deborah Petersen-Perlman for more information.



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|CARDBOARD BOAT RACES
|Bagley Pond
|Boat inspection at 4:00PM
|Races start at 4:30PM
|FREE
Float or sink, we...eat subs. Register to participate by September 30, or come cheer on the teams from the shore. Free food! Sponsored by Mechanical Engineering Club. View registration and rules here.


|SPOON RIVER
|Based on Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters, directed by Tom Isbell
|Marshall Performing Arts Center
|7:30PM
|$19 adult |$14 senior & UMD faculty/staff |$8 student |$5 UMD student

Spoon River is the ultimate celebration of life in small-town America, told in story and song. The production commemorates the 100th anniversary of Edgar Lee Masters' stunning book. Tickets available online for performances 10/7-10/10. Presented by the Department of Theatre.


|RAP BATTLE
|Featuring J Plaza, Lyric Marid, Nate Millyunz and DJ North STar
|Rafters
|8:00PM

Come see Minnesota artists battle it out. Sponsored by Kirby Program Board.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8


|PUMPKIN TIMEBOMB
|Kirby Terrace
|Noon
OOOOOOH it's gonna explode...watch two teams of Rock Stars race each other to the invitable finish in a totally anxiety-laden round of Pumpkin Timebomb. Sponsored by Kirby Student Center.



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|HOMECOMING PARADE
|Downtown Duluth
|6:00PM
|FREE
Bring your #FutureBulldogs on down as we paint downtown maroon and gold. Featuring the Mutt Strut, sponsored by Northland Party! Four-legged participants will be given a UMD bandana to show their school spirit. For those who are interested in donating, we will be raising money for the Lake County Humane Society. It's a tiny operation in Two Harbors that helps so many animals in their giant county! Checks or cash gratefully accepted in advance or at the parade. Woof! Click here to register your pup today!


|PARADE AFTERPARTY
|Dubh Linn's
|Featuring the Fractals
|7:00PM

Keep the party going at Dubh Linn's after the parade. Food and drink specials, with live music from Duluth legends the Fractals! Presented by KUMD 103.3FM: Duluth Public Radio.


|GUEST ARTIST CONCERT: Tony Miceli, vibes
|Weber Music Hall
|7:30PM
|$15 adult |$10 senior |$8 UMD faculty/staff |$7 student |$5 UMD student

Internationally renowned vibraphonist Tony Miceli has been on the jazz scene since 1980. Tony will be joined by the UMD Percussion Ensemble and the UMD JazzTet to present a fun and varied program, from standards to brand new works! Tickets available online. Sponsored by the Department of Music.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

|WOMEN'S SOCCER
|vs. Wayne State
|Malosky Stadium
|6:00PM
Celebrate the 50th year of women's varsity athletics as the Bulldogs take on Wayne State. UMD faculty & staff are FREE with valid UCard, and a limited number of FREE tickets for adults and kids are available at the Kirby Welcome Desk courtesy of the UMD Commission for Women.



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|MEN'S HOCKEY
|vs. Bemidji State
|Amsoil Arena
|7:00PM
|Ticket info
The boys are back in town. The #2 ranked Bulldogs start their 2015-2016 regular season campaign against former WCHA opponents Bemidji State University.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10


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|TAILGATE & BULLDOG WALK
|Malosky Stadium
|11:00AM
|Ticket info
Pregame activities abound! Spirit games, camaraderie and the traditional team entrance, all leading up to the main event. Greek Life Chariot Races and the UMDawg Pound Tailgate Party will get you ready for the game.


|FAMILY CARNIVAL
|Free for everyone!
|Malosky Stadium
|11:30AM-12:30PM


Bring your #futurebulldogs to this family-friendly event featuring face painting, snacks, spirit games and best of all: a bouncy house! Sponsored by UMD Alumni Association and the Duluth Area Family YMCA.


|CHARIOT RACES
|Malosky Stadium
|Noon

Let's see who's the fastest on two wheels. Register your chariot by October 3! Sponsored by Greek Life.


|FOOTBALL
|vs. St Cloud State
|Malosky Stadium
|1:00PM
|Ticket info

It'll be Dog Eat Dog when the Bulldogs meet the Huskies for a Homecoming battle we'll be talking about till next year.


|CRAIG CAMPBELL
|With Nestor Andress and Mandy McMillan
|Under the DC
4:30pm

Craig Campbell broke through the Country music scene with the release of his self-titled debut album (2011), which delivered the hits “Family Man,” “Fish,” and “When I Get It.” Acclaimed as one of the genre's most neo-traditionalist singers, Campbell's Top 15 debut single “Family Man” was featured on HBO’s True Blood and the top-selling fan-favorite “Fish” has sold nearly 400,000 digital downloads. Most recently, Campbell earned his first Top 10 smash with the infectious “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” from his sophomore album NEVER REGRET (2013). Sponsored by Kirby Program Board. FREE!


|BULLDOG BUS CHALLENGE
|Griggs Beach
|8:00pm

Keep your hand on the bus, win an iPad Mini 2. Sounds easy, right? Pro tip: hit the bathroom before you start. Sponsored by Housing and Residence Life.