Category Archives: Campus Events

It’s time to cheer for Spring Jam is here!

Hey boys and girls, 


So you better break out your flannels in time to watch Gloriana perform LIVE,

 Round up the crew for a friendly game of bowling,

Show off your smarts while playing Trivia, 

Receive a standing ovation (while making college kids chant, “ENCORE! ENCORE! ENCORE!”) after performing in the talent show,

Cheer loud and proud for your fellow Gophers during the Battle of the Bands competition,


Shake your groove thang during the Mac Miller concert.

Join us in celebrating the sunny weather and the end of the 2013-2014 school year by attending this year’s Spring Jam event.  Spring Jam is the LARGEST student-planned, campus-wide event that is held here, at the U, during the spring semester. It’s a three-day music festival that includes live performances, competitions, and many other fun activities. The majority of the Spring Jam events are free (with the exception of the Mac Miller concert) and they are open to ALL University of Minnesota- Twin Cities students. So, come on out and socialize with other undergrads. Have a little fun in the sun! 


Mac Miller concert tickets are now on sale at Also see for additional information regarding this year’s Spring Jam festivities and to view the complete schedule of events.

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What to Do over Winter Break

After a stressful week of testing and calculating grades, winter break finally pulled through. Winter break seems like the universe’s gift to a stressed college student– a whole month to relax, catch up on TV, clean out your parent’s fridge, and take a break from the pressure of school. Unfortunately, that isn’t always how break plays out. Many students return home to jobs and the demands for conversation that come with holiday get-togethers. Other students sit at home bored wishing they were back at school. No matter how winter break is spent, maximize it with this list of things to do– whether you are making the most of your month off or making the most of your couch.

Thank Your Professor

One awesome feature provided through the university’s Center for Teaching and Learning is the Thank a Teacher program. The program allows students to send a brief note to their professor thanking them for the impact they’ve had. The notes are screened and delivered to professors after final grades are released. This program is a perfect way to spend an afternoon– not only are you solidifying the professional connection you’ve made, but also paying it forward to the professor who made your semester a little brighter.

Read A Good (Non-academic) Book

Winter break is the perfect time to do all of the reading you didn’t have time to do during the semester. Instead of having to force-read your human anatomy book into the wee hours of the morning, take the time to kick back with a book that you’ve been wanting to read. If you need suggestions, check out Goodread’s list of Books Everyone Should Read, which mixes classics with new books that are sure to keep you busy enough to ignore being home after the initial thrill wears off.

Learn To Cook One Impressive Dish

You have a whole month off of classes (and Easy Mac), but that doesn’t mean you can’t sneak in a tiny bit of learning. Take an afternoon to learn to cook one impressive dish– and no, frozen waffles don’t count. Pick a dish that you can whip out whenever you need to prove your adulthood to your parents/roommates/yourself. Next, dedicate some time to perfect your dish. You are a confident and capable young adult. Now go preheat that oven!

Apply For A Job

You have officially passed another holiday season’s worth of nagging from parents and family members regarding your love life, grades, and employment status. You may have segued all of the conversations away from these sensitive subjects, but one reality that can not be escaped forever is the reality that someday college will end and a grown-up job will begin. Let this winter break be the time you need to prepare yourself for the vicious world of employment. Whether you decide to organize your resume, search GoldPASS for jobs, or arrange a job shadow, take some time to think about your bright and wonderful future.

Get Your Tickets to the Hockey City Classic 2014 

TCF Bank Stadium gets an icy makeover as the Hockey City Classic comes to the University of Minnesota on January 17th. The Classic features a women’s hockey game against Minnesota State at 4:30 p.m, followed by men’s hockey taking on Ohio State at 8:00 p.m. Get your tickets online and get ready to kick off second semester with a true Minnesota classic– outdoor hockey!

Enjoy Some Downtime

Spring semester is approaching quickly. While break is still here, make sure to take a day to relax. Whether it be by catching up on sleep; spending the day binge-watching Netflix; or anything else that allows you to relax, take time to bask in the glory of having the time to reset before starting up another crazy semester. You deserve it.

Out With The Old 

While you’re at home, take a few hours to go through all of your old things. Sort through old clothes and decide what to donate and what to sell. Salvation Army and Goodwill arejust a few of many locations that are always accepting clothes donations.

Dig out those old textbooks from first semester freshman year and resell them for some extra cash. Try sites like Amazon and Bookscouter to help you find the best buyback prices. Getting rid of the clutter has duel benefits: it gives you extra space and spending money, and Mom is happy that you’ve finally done what she’s been asking you to do for years.

Check Out the U’s HUGE Event Calendar

Take a look at the University’s event calendar for all of the happenings on the Twin Cities campus. Find one or two events to put on your calendar. Never been to a band, orchestra, or choir concert? Find them on the events calendar. Want to hear professors speak about their research? Event calendar. Find a few events you’re excited about and add them to your to-do list for spring semester.

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Behind The Scenes of Gopher Adventure Race

Friday marks the College of Education and Human Development’s 4th annual Gopher Adventure Race. Since the race began in 2010, it has been a popular event on campus. Last year, President Kaler and his wife participated. This years event is completely sold out. The race, which has taken past winners anywhere from around three to six hours to complete, is organized entirely by undergraduate students in the recreation, parks and leisure studies major.

Race participants, in categories ranging from students, to faculty, staff, and alumni, explore campus by following clues which lead to physical and mental challenges, according to the Gopher Adventure Race website.

RPLS students gain hands-on experience ranging from event planning to risk management, according to race director, Connie Magnuson.

“On race day, we will have about 100 students in lime green shirts operating the event. It is truly an experiential learning opportunity that will help prepare students to work in the recreation industry,” Magnuson said.

Alyssa Kruzel is a senior majoring in recreation, park, and leisure studies with a minor in youth studies. She serves as an assistant race director for the Gopher Adventure Race. She has been working with a team of students to create station challenges and clues for the race. Kruzel said that planning the race has taught her the importance of paying attention to detail. According to Kruzel, each station includes many logistical elements such as how many staff each station needs, what materials are needed, and how long the station is going to be.

“A simple challenge like log rolling from last year actually has many components and details to hash out,” Kruzel said.

Working for the race has given Kruzel a glimpse into her career goal of working with youth.

“Recreation brings the community together and I want to create meaningful spaces and opportunities for the community that I serve,” she said. “I want to provide programs that they want and need and that really benefit them.”

Although the events for this years race are yet to be revealed, competitors can count on an exciting day, judging by past events which have included everything from fencing to rappelling down the Armory. Join CEHD in cheering on participants in the 4th annual adventure race around campus on Friday afternoon!