NDSU Herd Club. Be Loud. Be Proud. Be Herd.
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 17:09
With nearly 300 student organizations, some students might find it hard to determine which groups are right for them to join.
Fortunately, senior quarterback Brock Jensen is there to help.
“If you don’t join the Herd Club, Grant Olson will find you!,” Jensen, the senior quarterback said.
NDSU athletes, like Jensen and Olson, see the importance of the NDSU Herd Club and are giving the group its full support.
The Herd Club, a student-led program of Bison Ambassadors, was formed to carry on the tradition of Bison Pride alongside alumni, family and friends and has been self-described as “the loudest fans and most supportive audience of North Dakota State University.”
Junior Jen Regimbal, vice-president of special events for Bison Ambassadors and the head of Herd Club, described the group’s purpose to be simply enjoying athletics and fine arts on the student level as well as engaging students to promote anything that enhances tradition and brings NDSU pride.
“The excitement that students have for NDSU and the Bison pride, it’s unexplainable, but when you’re in the Herd Club, you can feel it and we’re ready to support Bison athletics in any way we can,” said Regimbal.
The idea of the Herd Club actually started back when it was known as the Bison Brigade. The Bison Brigade was a group designed to fire up the student body and get more students at athletic events. It was then taken over by NDSU Athletics, but never really took off until April 2011.
President Dean Bresciani convened a caucus involving the major leadership groups on campus. The product of the convention was two subdivisions of Bison Ambassadors: the Herd Club and the Yell Leaders, which are the yellow-suited men seen in front of the student section at home games leading cheers.
These two groups are thoroughly focused on student-driven leadership and are designed to create a positive atmosphere and fervor in the student body and student section.
The Herd Club, which is managed by Bison Ambassadors and sponsored by the NDSU Alumni Association and NDSU Team Makers, can be seen as a student booster club and feeder into Team Makers.
Herd Club member Mike Dancer stated that he joined the Herd Club because he’s a huge fan of Bison spirit and since the Herd Club is the spirit club of NDSU, it was simply the right fit for him.
“Really it’s just seeing the other members wearing their shirts at games and knowing other students have the same spirit you do,” Dancer said.
Dancer also described one of his favorite parts to be the opportunities offered to travel with the group to away football games, such as the unforgettable Kansas State game in Manhattan, Kansas. That is just one of the many benefits offered to Herd Club members when joining the group,
Other benefits of the group include a T-shirt and sunglasses, chances to win gift cards and other prizes at NDSU athletic events (if spotted sporting the official Herd Club shirt), free admission to NDSU fine arts events and much more.
Registration for the group is simple and can be done online or by mail. The cost of a membership is $20.
For more information on how to become involved with Herd Club visit their website at www.ndsuherdclub.com.
Be Loud. Be Proud. Be Herd.