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Saturday, September 29

U of M Day of Service 

Gophers give back! U of M Day of Service strives to engage alumni and friends with their communities through one big day of service and gratitude. Every year the number of Gophers who volunteer on Day of Service grows. Join us as we aim to hit 1,000 volunteers for U of M Day of Service 2018! 

Plant a tree with CFANS. This year, CFANS is hosting a tree planting event along a portion of the Brickyard Trail at Lilydale Regional Park in St.Paul. Reconnect with fellow alumni and friends, plant trees, and help make St.Paul the most livable city in America. Learn more or register.

Looking for a different volunteer opportunity? Register for a project near you. Projects are hosted locally and nationwide. 

Thursday, October 4

Homecoming 2018 Corn Roast
3:00 p.m. | St. Paul Mall

Join in on this new Homecoming tradition. Swing by the Saint Paul Mall for free corn (while supplies last), yard games, and more!

U of M Alumni Association Annual Awards Affair
5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | RSVP 

Attend the 2018 Annual Awards Affair, celebrating recipients of the Alumni Service Award, Alumni Association Awards and the President’s Student Leadership and Service Awards.

Department of Plant Pathology Donor and Alumni Appreciation Event 
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Borlaug Hall 395

Join the Department of Plant Pathology for a fun-filled evening as they say “thank you” to the many who help them delve into new fields of science, expand educational and outreach programs, update facilities, and provide contemporary training opportunities for students. The evening will feature a celebration of the department’s Living Legacy History Project; an unveiling of original historical artwork; recognition of the Lieberman and Okinow families, whose generosity has spanned three generations; live music; food; and a cash bar.

Interested? All alumni of the Department of Plant Pathology are welcomeClick here to RSVP

Friday, October 5

Applied Economics Outstanding Alumni Award Forum and Reception
2:00 - 4:30 p.m. | Cargill building | 1500 Gortner Ave 

Join the Applied Economics department as they celebrate outstanding alumni with this exciting awards presentation. Undergraduate, master's and PhD level alums will be recognized during the event. The event will include a forum, followed by a reception for award winners and attendees.

Interested? Click here to RSVP for the Applied Economics Outstanding Alumni Award Forum and Recepetion.

CFANS Parade Party
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Front Lawn of Folwell Hall (University Ave side), Minneapolis Campus 
$10 for adults (18 and over)
$5 for CFANS students and kids 11-17 years old
Free for kids 10 years old and under

CFANS's 7th annual Parade Party, hosted on the front lawn of Folwell Hall, will start at 5:30 p.m. and end after the Homecoming parade. Alumni, families, students, and friends are welcome to enjoy brats from the CFANS Dairy and Meat Salesroom, a cash bar, yard games, and premium viewing of the parade. Non-meat options will also be available. Keep an eye out for the Department of Entomology, who will be showcasing their insect zoo and cricket chips!

Interested? Click here to register for the CFANS Parade Party.  

U of M Homecoming Parade
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (Staging begins at 5:30 p.m.) | University Avenue

Walk with the CFANS float, show your college spirit, and celebrate this U of M Homecoming tradition. The parade is always a good time and fun for all ages. Sign up to join the CFANS parade unit!

*Parking for Friday evening activities
University Avenue will close between Tenth Avenue and Oak Street for the Parade at 6:15 p.m. University Avenue is expected to reopen after the parade at approximately 9 p.m.
Parking will be available at the following locations:
Fourth Street Ramp (East Bank)
Oak Street Ramp (East Bank)
Washington Avenue Ramp (East Bank)

Or, park on the St. Paul campus and take the campus connector (runs every 5 minutes until 6:30 p.m., and every 15 minutes from 6:30 - 10 p.m.).

Saturday, October 6

Ski-U-Mania 2018
8:00 a.m. | McNamara Alumni Center
$20 per person, $15 for UMAA members - Registration opens August 20th 

The premier alumni pregame celebration of Homecoming is back. Join us inside the McNamara Alumni Center for food, fun, coronation and more. Special guests include President Eric Kaler, Athletics Director Mark Coyle, Goldy, the Spirit Squad and more. Presented by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association

Bell Museum Food Fest 
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | October 6-7 | Bell Museum 

Stop by the Bell Museum for a fun-packed weekend celebrating the science and culture of food! Here you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in food science with special talks from leading researchers in the field, explore diverse cultural connections in Minnesota foodways with expert guests, get hands-on with UMN scientists and students whose work spans from farm to table, and check out the special traveling exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History: Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture. Hungry? Grab lunch from one of the food trucks on-site. This event will be loads of fun, inside and out, for the whole family!

Interested? Click here for more information. Gallery tickets will give you full access to Food Fest, purchase online or at the door.  

Gopher Football Homecoming Game vs. Iowa
 2:30 p.m. | TCF Bank Stadium

Ski U Mah! Cheer on the Minnesota Gophers at the 2018 Homecoming game. Purchase tickets.

Sustainability Education Alumni Gathering
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.  | Bell Museum 

Was sustainability part of your University of Minnesota experience? This year, the Sustainability Studies Minor completes 10 years at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Alumni and current students involved in sustainability are invited to come celebrate the past 10 years, connecting with each other and building community.

Interested? Learn more or register

For University-wide Homecoming activities, check out the UMN Homecoming page.

For information on campus connector schedules, check out the UMN Transportation page.