SignUp
Frank and Janice Hoffarth and family say UND ahtletics is a way of life.
For one staff member, UND athletics is way of life
Text smallerText larger
Updated: Sunday 03/10/2011 14:44:49 (ET)
by UND Athletics Media Relations
Send this article to a friend Print RSS Shop

North Dakota Spirit is found in many ways in many people, but it's easy to sum up what it means to Janice Hoffarth.

"Pride. An overwhelming sense of pride," said Hoffarth, past president of both the UND Staff Senate and the North Dakota State Staff Senate.

Her day job is as administrative assistant in the music department, but her enthusiasm is spread all over campus. Part of that enthusiasm is for UND student-athletes who Janice supports as a Coaches Club member in the Fighting Sioux Club. Faculty and staff support for athletics is nothing new. She is one of over 250 faculty/staff members who are members of the Fighting Sioux Club.

"To have that kind of support from across campus is great and Janice is a great example of the passion our faculty and staff have for UND athletics," said director of athletics Brian Faison. "You don't see that everywhere across the country, but it's just one more thing that makes UND so special."

"Fighting Sioux Club allows us to be part of something we value, to be a part of excellence," Hoffarth said. "UND athletics is part of our life. It's very important. Our family makes choices. We don't go on big vacations. We support UND athletics with Fighting Sioux Club and buying season tickets, so it's a lifestyle."

Hoffarth, whose husband, Frank, and two children can be seen helping Janice with her "other job" on campus.

For 11 years she's also helped the Pride of the North Marching Band by feeding the group on football game days, helping set up and clean up. One of her favorite parts of game days are when the band plays in front of the Fighting Sioux Club Member Tailgate Tent.

"There's nothing like it," she says. "It's a blast!"

"Our members love that, and it's the perfect way to get everyone ready for a football game," said Josh Morton, executive director of the Fighting Sioux Club. "The band adds so much inside the Alerus Center, and when we are there setting up our tailgate tent, Janice and the band have been there for hours already getting ready. Her family is a great example of giving to your passion. The Hoffarths love UND Athletics, and they give generously."

Adds Hoffarth: "There are two seasons in our family: Sioux season and lake season."

Did you know that UND Faculty and Staff get a 20% discount on season ticket purchases? For more information go to Fighting Sioux Club page on www.fightingsioux.com.


Athletics department closed for Tuesday
The UND Athletics Department is closed on Tuesday due to a power outage at the Hyslop Sports Arena. MORE
Jacobson joins women's basketball staff
GRAND FORKS, N.D.-- University of North Dakota head women's basketball coach Travis Brewster announced the hiring of Jeri Jacobson as the new director of basketball operations Monday. Jacobson... MORE
Legendary coach Dr. Robert May passes away at 87
GRAND FORKS, N.D. The University of North Dakota Athletics Department mourns the passing of UND alum and legendary men's hockey coach Dr. Robert May, who passed away to Pulmonary Fibrosis on... MORE
Popular anthem singer Lindquist retained full-time
GRAND FORKS, N.D. UND Athletics and the Ralph Engelstad Arena are pleased to announce that Mark J. Lindquist has been retained as the full-time national anthem singer at UND men's hockey games... MORE
Thousands invade UND Sports Day at N.D. State Fair
Thousands of fair-goers stopped by the UND Sports Day tent at the North Dakota State Fair on Sunday afternoon. MORE
Carts ready for the Champions Tour stop in Bismarck at the Hawktree Golf Club.
Great numbers turned out for the Champions Tour Golf stop in Bismarck last week at the Hawktree Golf Club.  MORE
The dining room is set as golfer hit the course at the Detroit Lakes Country Club.
It was another successful day on the course, as Detroit Lakes hosted the third stop of the UND Champions Golf Tour.  MORE
Find out information about men's hockey ticket wait list.
Champions Club Executive Director Josh Morton explains the Wait List for men's hockey season tickets.  MORE
Another edition of the Champions Club video blog with Josh Morton.
Josh Morton takes look at how one team is determined to make their mark on UND football for years to come.  MORE
The instant impact of an Impact Scholarship can help student-athletes like Ross Brenneman.
In the new blog, a look at Impact Scholarships and how they are different from the Champions Club.  MORE

advertisement