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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 VOLUME 1 ISSUE 1  
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New Sports Business Minor and Scholarship
John Hoffert with granddaughters Jessica and Kendra
John Hoffert with granddaughters Jessica and Kendra
One of the many things that alumni take from their tenure at UND is an appreciation for the quality athletic teams that UND consistently fields. It is difficult to imagine any group displaying much more zeal than Sioux fans. John Hoffert is like many alumni that love UND athletics but he has taken a different path to supporting it than most.
John is a farmer's son from Rugby, ND, the geographical center of North America. He graduated from UND in 1962 with a degree in marketing. After graduation, John got a Job with Texaco and lived in several places before winding up in Omaha, NE. In 1978 John left Texaco and joined a truck stop company, where he retired as president in 2008. Now John enjoys traveling with his wife, Kaye, and restoring Cockshutt tractors which were produced from the late 1800's up until 1962. John is a season ticket holder for UND football and makes most of the home games. He is pictured here with his latest tractor project and his granddaughters Jessica and Kendra.
John has chosen to give a donation to the scholarship program attached to the sport business minor offered at the College of Business & Public Administration. Started in the fall of 2008, this is an interdisciplinary minor that applies business concepts to sports. There is about 20 business colleges nationally that house this type of minor, the concept of which has only existed for the last 15 years. The scholarships will in part help to assuage some of the cost of an internship that is required for the minor. The internship must be with a sports organization. Some past participators are The Saint Paul Saints, The Philadelphia Flyers, The Golden State Warriors, The National Sports Center and of course The Ralph. These programs are typically much more effective when endowed as most internships are unpaid. With John's help, many of the 36 current declared sport business minors will have the opportunity to have a great academic experience and a meaningful internship which will lead them into distinguished careers.


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