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Bulldog Beginnings Volunteer Opportunities for Faculty and Staff

At UMD, we value the contributions faculty and staff make to our students. Your service and support helps make UMD one of the finest institutions in Minnesota. Continue making a lasting contribution to our students by volunteering with Bulldog Beginnings Programs, such as Bulldog Welcome Week and Welcome Back Week. Many opportunities are available that allow you to meet new students, promote your department or services, or just allow you to be actively involved in a tradition that is uniquely UMD. 

Volunteer registration will be posted here when it has opened. See below for descriptions of ways to be involved during Bulldog Beginnings events.

All Campus T-Shirt - Wear on Thursday, August 27th
Join in on the festivities by purchasing an All Campus T-Shirt.  Something as simple as a t-shirt can show students the community of support at UMD, as well as bring a sense of camaraderie and campus pride to the forefront during the first days of the incoming students' experience.

UMD Guide – Thursday, August 27th; Friday, August 28th; and Monday, August, 31st
7:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
UMD Guides will be stationed throughout campus to provide a warm and welcoming face for students to ask questions and get help with wayfinding. We look to our campus partners and returning students to join us in welcoming our newest Bulldogs during their first days on campus. Shifts range from 1 to 1.5 hours and you will be provided with a free UMD Guides t-shirt.

Chancellor's Welcome – Friday, August 28th 
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
The Chancellor's Welcome is the ceremonial start of a student’s UMD experience, which includes remarks from Chancellor Black, the Student Association President, and another guest. Faculty and staff will assist with guiding students to their seats, distributing t-shirts, and directing students onto the field following the event. There is also a Welcome Line that forms prior to the event to help make students feel included in our community.

For more information, please contact Bulldog Beginnings bb-kirby@d.umn.edu.