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Artist drawing of Goldy Gopher statue on front plaza of Coffman Memorial Union. Courtesy: Student Unions & Activities

Party on the Plaza & Goldy Gopher Statue Unveiling Event

What: Party on the Plaza & Goldy Gopher Statue Unveiling Event
When: Friday, Sept. 7, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Front Plaza, Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E. Minneapolis

Contacts: Ashley Kaser, Student Unions & Activities,, 612-625-7772

September 5, 2012

Party on the Plaza, hosted at Coffman Memorial Union’s Front Plaza, 300 Washington Ave. S.E. Minneapolis, on Friday, Sept. 7 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., will be the first pep rally for the university community during the first week of fall semester.

President Eric Kaler, head football coach Jerry Kill and athletics director Norwood Teague will deliver remarks to ignite excitement for the upcoming academic year and Golden Gopher athletics. 

The event also boasts the unveiling of the bronze Goldy Gopher prototype statue which officially kicks off the “Give a Coin, Give a Dollar, Leave a Legacy” campaign. This campaign aims to give the Goldy Gopher statue a permanent home in front of Coffman Memorial Union to leave a legacy for future generations. No student services fees, taxpayer dollars or university funds will be used for the Goldy statue. Contributions are voluntary and can be made in three ways:

 The Goldy Gopher mascot serves as an image to which everyone in the University community feels connected. The statue will serve as an icon for the university community as a common area to gather and a collective image for promoting school spirit.

University alumnus, Nicholas Legeros, will be sculpting the statue. Legeros is an active artist in the Minneapolis area and creates sculptures for a variety of clientele.

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