has contributed to the University in a multitude of ways.
...A student committee selected Lindahl for the homecoming post, said Brian Sondag, the homecoming coordinator and a marketing senior.
...Lindahl is the first female grand marshal since 2000.
, a 1968 graduate of the College of Education and Human Development, was not expecting to receive a call asking her
to take the position. "I am so flattered to be grand marshal," she said.
"It was a complete surprise and I am totally humbled." Lindahl is active within the University, serving as a trustee with the University of Minnesota Foundation.She also is on the Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Board and a co-chairwoman for the stadium fundraising campaign.She is also a former Alumni Association president. She
received the University's Outstanding Achievement Award in 2001. In addition to blowing the whistle to begin the parade, Lindahl follows behind the marching band, is invited to the homecoming pancake breakfast and receives complimentary football tickets, said Jay Arcuri, coordinator of student activities at the University.
While a student at the University, Lindahl
kept busy by getting involved in many groups on campus, she
was a part of a sorority and worked her
way through school with various leadership roles in orientation and freshman camps.
"I was really able to find my place here," she
parent's presence on campus was both a challenge and benefit during her
time at the University, she
said. "It was hard being a professor's daughter and trying to lead a life on campus, but I was also able to serve as a connection between faculty and students," she said.
Because of her
constant interaction with the University as a child, Lindahl
never fully appreciated the University, even as an undergraduate.
"I didn't know the value of the University," she
said."My husband and I are now very passionate about the University and it is an honor to be alumni and volunteer here." Lindahl
met her husband, John Lindahl, on campus her junior year at a fraternity event.
...Margaret Sughrue Carlson, chief executive officer of the University Alumni Association, said Nancy Lindahl is the perfect choice for this year's grand marshal.
is one of the most outstanding community volunteers in the state of Minnesota," she
Carlson met Nancy Lindahl
at a sorority meeting almost 40 years ago and worked with her
became president of the Alumni Association
has an unflagging enthusiasm and passion for the University of Minnesota