Hope Spring Jam treated you well, now that it has flown by us its time for Homecoming preparations to begin! This upcoming Homecoming is a big one as it is the 100 years of Homecoming Celebration, with a central theme of Forever Gold its going to be memorable. One of the longest standing traditions of our Homecoming celebration has been the Homecoming Royalty court and this year is no different! Our court consists of five women and five men and they are excited to represent the U throughout the next year. Get to know them through their bio’s below and keep a look out for them around campus!
Peace and Love,
Hi all, it’s Mary Zahurones here! I am a senior nursing student from the small country town of Pierz, Minnesota. I am involved in Gopher Dairy Club, Beta of Clovia Sorority, and multiple nursing and volunteer organizations. My hobbies include telling stories and laughing with my friends, conducting nursing research, and going home to milk cows on my family’s dairy farm. I also really enjoy reading Goldy’s tweets, chasing down Campus Connectors, and being #UMNProud.
Hey Gophers, my name is Barflaan Tedoe and I’m from North Minneapolis. I am majoring in Sports Management and hope to go to law school after completing my undergrad. My dream career would be to become the lead anchor on the Today Show. Two of my collegiate goals are to leave a legacy here at the U of M as well as create change for students. I am a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Minnesota Student Association, Gopher TV, and the inaugural class of the Huntley House for African American males. I was also a Community Advisor in 17th avenue Residential Hall my sophomore year. In my spare time I love to watch anything consisting of Kevin Hart and Jamie Foxx. I also enjoy spending time with my boyz from the U of M, going to live concerts, dreading country music, tweeting from my amazing Twitter account, and you can catch me being a social butterfly in Coffman.
Hi Gophers, I’m Ashley Hoffman and am a senior studying Mathematical Biology: Physiology and minoring in History of Science Technology & Medicine. Typically I say I’m majoring in Math because it’s a lot shorter! I want to use my degree to work for a medical device or healthcare company ideally to be able to incorporate math for medical needs. I’m a volunteer at Community Emergency Services and love getting to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald house. I’m also actively involved on Campus through Greek Life as President of Alpha Kappa Sigma– Women in Technical Studies, Lutheran Campus Ministry at Grace University Lutheran Church, and the Waterski & Wakeboard club team. I also waterski with the Twin Cities – River Rats Show team, we pull our abilities together to perform a show for the community consisting of acts that have 15 or more people behind one boat, think cheerleading on water with 3-5 tiered pyramids.
Hey all, My name is Cody Clark and I am a senior studying Economics, Political Science, and Arabic here at the U. I am from the south suburb Shakopee, Minnesota. On campus I am involved in Greek Life as the Vice President of Sigma Chi Fraternity as well as am the Chief of Staff on the Interfraternity Council. In my free time I volunteer weekly at the Ronald McDonald house and work as a Program Assistant for the College of Liberal Arts’ First-Year-Experience.
Hi all, I’m Marni Surdy and am a senior majoring in merchandising and design and minoring in management in the School of Design. I was born and raised in Austin, MN, and have two older brothers. I am a Horatio Alger Scholar and currently am an active member of Delta Gamma, I was a Rho Alpha for sorority recruitment in Fall of 2013. I work as a server at Annie’s Parlour, which have the best fries and malts in town! When I’m not studying, working or participating in DG activities, I enjoy traveling, reading, and being weird with my friends!
Hello fellow Gophers! My name is Yazan Alkhatib and I am currently a senior studying Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development as well as Public Health. I am originally from Sartell, MN (if you know where that is, I already like you) and am proud to have Minneapolis be my current home. After my undergraduate career I plan to attend medical school, and assuming the library continues to be my best friend, eventually become a physician. I have been involved on campus as a Welcome Week leader, Peer Mentor for CBS students, Admission’s Ambassador, have tons of volunteering experience, and I recently cofounding a student group titled Emergency USA (which you should all join). You can often find me on campus hanging out with friends, laughing, showcasing my Gopher pride at sporting events, indulging in Chipotle, admiring Kim Kardashian, and looking good in one of my many Hawaiian shirts! As always, GO GOPHS!!
Hi all, I’m Fiona Cummings and am originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota! I grew up cheering for the Gophers. I am a senior in Carlson and am planning to graduate with a degree in Finance. Since coming to the U I have been very involved in student government through the Minnesota Student Association, CLA Student Board and Middlebrook Community Council (Middlebrook represent). I had the opportunity to serve as MSA Vice President this past year, which has given me a better appreciation of how the University works and the people who make it all happen. I have also been very involved in Alpha Phi and have had a fantastic experience with Greek life at the U of M. Other than school and extracurriculars, I’m a soccer fan, I like to paint, play music and hang out with my family. Through my experiences the past three years at the U, I could not be more proud to be a Gopher and I could not me more excited to be on homecoming court. Ski-U-Mah!
Hey Gophs, my name is Vinz Karl and I am from Arlington, Minnesota. I am a junior majoring in Agricultural Education, with minors in Leadership and Urban Studies. I am heavily involved on campus through student groups such as the Agricultural Education Club, Horticulture Club, International Agriculture Club, as well as being a member of FarmHouse Fraternity. I have also held national positions in Agriculture Future of America (AFA) as well as worked with the CFANS Alumni Society to share highlights of the University. I enjoy baking for others as a way to open the door to further connections and socialization along the way. I have a strong passion for agriculture and the University of Minnesota!
Hey! My name is Ayo Gazal! I’m a senior from St. Cloud, MN majoring in Genetics, Cell Biology + Development! My name is literally pronounced like the letters ‘I’ and ‘O’ put together. I’m incredibly honored and ridiculously excited to be on Royalty Court for the fall. Few things about myself: I LOVE Gopher Sports. I’m intensely passionate about Beyoncé. I love my family and friends more than anything in this world. I also believe that frozen yogurt makes the world go round. I’m really thankful for this opportunity and I’m looking forward to Homecoming this fall!
Hi gophers! My name is Jimmy Quinn and I am from Chaska, Minnesota. I spent last semester studying abroad in London, so I am incredibly excited to be back on campus! I am a senior in Carlson studying Finance. I am involved in Greek Life here at the U as a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my friends, going fishing and reading.