Austin Liepold

Austin Liepold is Senior majoring in Ag. Food Business Management emphases in Finance. He is looking forward to the Summer with long nights and busy days. On top of this he loves sitting on the porch with a good book. He grew up on a Family Farm in Southwest Minnesota. After Graduation he will enjoy the many opportunities within the Agricultural Industry. Go Gophers!

Eric Noll

Hey Gophers! My name is Eric Noll and I am a senior studying Genetics, Cell Biology & Development as well as Pharmacology. I am originally from Fairmont, MN which is just a few miles from Iowa and have a brother Ryan who is a Junior at the University of Minnesota. On campus, I am involved in Colleges Against Cancer and serve as the President of the student group which also plans Relay For Life each April. I have been a Welcome Week Leader at the U and spend my free time volunteering at the Hope Lodge on campus, volunteering for the American Cancer Society, and advocating for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in honor of my mom, an 8 year breast cancer survivor. I am an avid Gophers fan and have been since I was a little kid. I'm proud to attend the University of Minnesota, proud to represent being a part of our Gopher community, and incredibly honored to have the opportunity to be on homecoming court.

Joe Joyer

Hello my fellow gophers! My name is a Joe Joyer. I am a senior in Agricultural Education Leadership and Communications. I was raised in Lino Lakes, Minnesota where my family farm is still located. On the farm we grow and sell annuals, perennials, shrubs, produce and then we also have a cornmaze. Y'all should stop by this fall and get lost in the corn with me. Working on the family farm can be hard at times, but being with family is amazing. Family is very important to me and now when I came to the University of Minnesota I gained 50 brothers. I am a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, which is an agricultural based fraternity. This year in AGR I am the Vice Noble Roble of Membership Development. I am so jacked to be a part of 2015 Royalty Court, GO GOPHS!

Matthew Detjen

Junior from Northfield, MN studying Animal Science & Marine Biology a fun fact about him: I've bottle fed a baby kangaroo. On campus I am involved in groups like Unlimited Dance Marathon, Marine Biology Club, and NESA (National Eagle Scout Association) along with being a member of Alpha Tau Omega and an Orientation Leader for the class of 2019. I've been all over this University from riding on Goldy's scooter, shaking President Kaler's hand, and showing cows in St. Paul. I've made the most of my time here at the U of M.  I'm excited for my senior year and to continue to be UMNProud.

Jake Merritt

Hey everyone, I'm Jake Merritt! I'm a junior from Maplewood, MN majoring in Biology with a minor in Leadership. On campus, I am a Welcome Week Leader and an intern for the Wake student magazine, as well as work in a research lab. I'm obsessed with Jurassic Park, I collect pet salamanders, I fall down a lot, and I'm passionate about buffet-style restaurants. I am incredibly excited to be part of your 2015 Royalty Court and I can't wait to show my very supportive Gopher community what they mean to me!

Mattie Tietz

Hello, fellow Gophers! My name is Mattie Tietz, a current senior in the College of Liberal Arts (C-L-A all the way!) double majoring in public relations and Spanish with a minor in leadership. Born and raised in Minnesota, I am so proud to be a Golden Gopher. After spending this spring semester studying abroad in the beautiful country of Argentina, I am so excited to be back in the land of maroon and gold! I have been active on campus throughout the years representing the U as an Admissions Ambassador and Welcome Week Leader. Serving on the executive boards of PRSSA and my sorority have been great opportunities and I have had an extremely positive experience with Greek life. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family from southern Minnesota and my wonderful friends. I believe that strangers are just future friends, gopher-alls should be worn on every day of the year, and maroon and gold should be sprinkled everywhere. Go Gophs!

Meron Ayele

Hi everyone! I’m Meron, the Ethiopian-born, Wisconsin-raised member of this fall’s Homecoming Court. Fun facts about me: When I’m not working on my Global Studies major here at the U, you can find me making experimental dishes in my kitchen, singing, going to local shows, taking photos, or listening to early 2000s R&B music. I’ve got an endless love for musicals, I’m working on learning my fourth language, and I love working with kids. I’m so thrilled and honored to have this opportunity! I cannot wait for all the fall festivities.

Ronnie O’Connor

Hey Gophs! My name is Veronica O'Connor and I'm a senior from McHenry, IL (northwest suburb of Chicago). I'm majoring in Biology with a minor in Leadership and hope to one day be a high school Biology teacher. I'm incredibly excited to be a part of Homecoming Royalty this year! You may have seen me on campus walking backwards as a tour guide, indulging in Saint Paul ice cream, and marching in the University of Minnesota Marching Band.  I also enjoy running races, traveling, volunteering, hanging out with my friends, and spreading Gopher spirit:) Thanks for deciding to take part in the Homecoming traditions this year. Ski-U-Mah!

Alex Behrend

Hello Gophers! I’m Alex Behrend and I am a senior studying Chemistry. Though I’ve called the great city of Minneapolis my home for the past three years, I am originally from Sioux Falls, SD. I like to stay busy, and currently I am actively involved with the Science and Engineering Student Board as an officer and the Families Chair for the Unlimited Dance Marathon. Music is also a big passion of mine, which is why I have played the trumpet in the University Band for the past six semesters. Following graduation, I hope to attend medical school, with the ultimate goal of becoming a Pediatric Oncologist. In my free time, I enjoy crocheting Disney Princess hats, putting together puzzles with my roommates, and dancing. Lots of dancing! Before I graduate, I hope to party with Prince at First Ave, paddle board on Lake Calhoun, and swim with manatees over Spring Break! I am so excited for Homecoming this year and am beyond blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of the Homecoming Royalty Court! Ski-U-Mah!

Jessica Hanneman

Hi everyone, I’m Jessica Hanneman!  I’m from Prescott, Wisconsin which is where the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers meet.  It’s a small town and my graduating class was smaller than many of my classes here at the U.  Like most, I try to balance education, with a social life and work.  Next year I will be graduating with a biochemistry major and an animal science minor, with plans to go on to graduate school.  Currently I enjoy working in the Molecular Epidemiology Biomarkers Research Lab at Moos Tower.  I love doing lab work and intend to pursue a career in research.  I’m also the house manager for my sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, and I do volunteer work with the Minnesota Equestrian team.  I absolutely love horses! Going on trail rides with friends is a favorite way to spend an afternoon! I am so honored and super excited to be on this year’s Homecoming Court and I can’t wait to see everyone’s Homecoming spirit in the fall! Go Gophers!!!