University of Mary Homecoming

Dear University of Mary Alumni, Parents & Friends,

On behalf of the University of Mary community, I wish to extend a warm welcome to join us in celebrating Homecoming 2017, Friday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 15. Come experience an exciting and vibrant weekend of sport and fellowship as you reconnect with former classmates and enjoy the company of your University of Mary family. Get into the Marauders spirit and discover the amazing growth happening on our campus and in our classrooms!

This year’s homecoming events are stacked with a Marauders' Luncheon, a football game against University of Minnesota Crookston on Saturday, and the UMary Alumni Committee's first Marauders on Main Pub Crawl in downtown Bismarck.

In another homecoming tradition, four outstanding alumni - Dr. Brooke Erstad, '03 and '06; Dr. Mike Bitz, '88 and '94; Tony Wood, '07 and '09; and Kurt Snyder, '99 and '06 - will be honored with Alumni Recognition Awards. Brian Biel, '04; Kodi (Kooiman) Goracke, '02 and '06; Nicci Landdeck, '08; Nikia Parson, '02; Machelle (Bummer) Pochant, '98; and Rob Renschler, will be inducted into the Marauders Hall of Fame. Enjoy this weekend with us as we all "come home" in celebration of this univerisity's ongoing life of learning, faith and service. Go Marauders!

In Mary,

Monsignor James P Shea

Monsignor James P. Shea

2017 Schedule of Events 

Marauders’ Luncheon

Chick's Place, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Admission: $5 each
Varsity Club Members: Free 

Pre-Game Gathering

MDU Resources Community Bowl, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sponsored by the Athletic Department and the Alumni Association

Bring the whole family for lunch, tailgating, inflatables, and shopping for UMary merchandise. Get there early…the first 200 alumni, parents and friends to visit the Alumni Association table will get a FREE game ticket!
Admission and Lunch: Free

Football vs. University of Minnesota Crookston

MDU Resources Community Bowl, 1:00 pm
Admission: $10 adults, Free ages 18 and under

Marauders on Main Pub Crawl

Bismarck Depot Parking Lot, 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Sponsored by the Alumni Committee

All are welcome to join fellow UMary Alumni at the Marauders on Main Pub Crawl through downtown Bismarck. The pub crawl will kick off at The Depot at 4:30 pm, and then continue to five bars in downtown Bismarck. We’ll wrap up at Borrowed Buck’s where you can win some great prizes including YETI coolers and more! You’re encouraged to bring your school spirit and dress like a Marauder!
Admission (21+): Free, open to public

Click Here to Register for Marauders on Main

Eucharistic Liturgy & Complimentary Brunch

Liturgy: Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel, 9:30 am;
Brunch: Crow's Nest Campus Restaurant, Lumen Vitae University Center, following Mass
Sponsored by the Alumni Committee

Come celebrate Mass with current students, parents, alumni, and friends of the University of Mary as we conclude our celebration of Homecoming 2017.

Congratulations 2017 Inductees!

The following distinguished individuals will be recognized at a special event on Friday, Oct. 13 and at halftime of the Homecoming Game on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Dr. Brooke Erstad, '03, Exercise Science; '06, Doctor of Physical Therapy; University of Mary Bell Banner Award

Dr. Mike Bitz, '88, Elementary Administration; '94, Master of Education; University of Mary Harold Schafer Alumni Leadership Award

Mark 'Tony' Wood, '07, Business Administration; '09, Master in Management; University of Mary Harold Schafer Alumni Leadership Award

Kurt Snyder, '99, Social Work/Addiction Counseling; '06, Master in Management; University of Mary Presidential Leadership Award

The following distinguished individuals will be recognized at a special event on Friday, Oct. 13 and at halftime of the Homecoming Game on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Brian Biel, '04, College Studies, Wrestling

Kodi (Kooiman) Goracke, '02 and '06, Physical Education and Special Education; '06, Master of Education, Softball

Nicci Landdeck, '08, Business Administration, Women's Basketball

Nikia Parson, '02, Social and Behavioral Science, Football

Machelle (Bummer) Pochant, '98, Accounting, Volleyball

Rob Renschler, Track and Field

Full Events Schedule

  • 8:00 am - 4:00 pm: Day of Service
  • 8:00 am: Day of Service Convocation, McDowell Activity Center
  • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm: FREE Lunch, Sponsored by Dakota Community Bank, outside of McDowell Activity Center
  • 4:30 pm: MassOur Lady of the Annunciation Chapel
  • 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm: Homecoming Feast, Crow's Nest Restuarant, LVUC
  • 7:00 pm: Day of Service and Coronation Celebration, Lumen Vitae University Center, Founders Hall
  • Dessert Social and Student Band Performance following Coronation.
  • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm: MAC Give-a-Away, Lumen Vitae University Center, Lower Living Room
  • 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Celebration of Athletics, McDowell Activity Center
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Homecoming Marauders' LuncheonChick's Place
  • 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Hall of Fame & Alumni Recognition Banquet Social, Chick's Place
  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Hall of Fame & Alumni Recognition Banquet Dinner, Founders Hall
  • 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Alumni Association Post Dinner Social, Chick's Place
  • 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Mission Improvable, (student activity), Arno Gustin Hall
  • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Homecoming Pre-Game Tailgating, MDU Resources Community Bowl Parking Lot
  • 1:00 pm: Homecoming Football Game vs. University of Minnesota - Crookston, MDU Resources Community Bowl
  • 4:00 pm: Homecoming Pub Crawl, Sponsored by UMary Alumni Association, Downtown Bismarck (must be 21+ to participate)
    Click Here to Register for Marauders on Main Pub Crawl!
  • 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm: Formal Homecoming Dance(student activity) Founders Hall
  • 9:30 am - 10:30 am: Homecoming Mass, Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel
  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Complimentary Homecoming Brunch, Sponsored by UMary Alumni Association, Crow's Nest Restaurant, LVUC (overflow in Chick's Place)

Need hotel accommodations?

Thanks to the generosity of the university's great friends, Mark and Deb Dosch at the Expressway Inn (200 E. Bismarck Expressway), a special rate of $74/night (plus tax) for Homecoming participants is available. Reservations must be made before Oct. 7 to qualify. Call toll-free 800-456-6388 and refer to the University of Mary Homecoming block, or visit and enter code UMARY.