Committee works to make NDSU Homecoming ‘signature event’
President Dean L. Bresciani has appointed a steering committee with the charge to enhance NDSU Homecoming.
“We want to review and explore what we can do, combine our resources, involve the community and make NDSU Homecoming a prominent signature event,” explained committee chair Jobey Lichtblau, director of admission.
According to Lichtblau, the committee will work to take NDSU Homecoming to a higher level. He suggests Homecoming Week could begin with a variety of events leading up to a large concert or pepfest and build enthusiasm through the Homecoming parade and football game.
The established goals of the committee include advising the coordination and implementation of Homecoming programs and strategies, as well as increasing communication to raise the visibility of the event.
“There are many campus entities holding multiple events during Homecoming Week, but not everyone has always been on the same page,” Lichtblau said. “We want to have better communication and coordination, and have all the groups join forces. Our objective is to attract greater attendance and participation from alumni, faculty, staff and community members.”
NDSU Homecoming Steering Committee members include Lichtblau; Kim Bruemmer, assistant director of campus activities; Michael Hahn, president and CEO of the Downtown Community Partnership; Chris St. Amant, Campus Attractions president; Courtney Barstad, coordinator of Greek Life; Jace Beehler, student body vice president; Emily Schubert, Residence Hall Association; Calli Doggett, Greek Life; Troy Goergen, senior associate ath- letic director for marketing and media relations; Kevin McCaul, professor and adviser; Laura McDaniel, assistant vice president for University Relations; and Sherri Schmidt, NDSU Alumni Association executive director.
Several subcommittees also will be established, including the Publicity Committee, chaired by McDaniel; Student Programming Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Barstad and Beehler; Parade Committee, chaired by Bruemmer; Homecoming Pep Fest Committee and Reunions/Affinity Groups Committee, both chaired by Schmidt; Corporate and Community Outreach Committee, co-chaired by Goergen and Hahn; and the Campus Outreach Committee, co-chaired by McCaul and Lichtblau.
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