Bulldog Beginnings


Hey, we know that starting college can be a little...daunting.

This is what makes UMD students special: Bulldogs adapt. Bulldogs are resilient.

Bulldogs roll up their sleeves and get stuff done.

As a NEW Bulldog, Bulldog Beginnings is here to help you get acclimated to being a college student. Bulldog Beginnings encompasses a number of academic and virtual and in-person social experiences designed to transition you into college. We host Welcome Week and Welcome Back Week activities for both fall and spring semesters. No matter when your Bulldog journey begins, we're excited to help you along the way!

The mission of Bulldog Beginnings is to provide meaningful, USEFUL transitional experiences that maximize students' potential for personal and academic success. 

And all the other good stuff.

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Meet the Bulldog Beginnings Team!


Belle Jacobs - BB Manager

Teaching Comm Arts & Literature major with a Journalism minor 

Hometown: Monticello, MN

Fun Fact: I’ve performed three choral masterworks in one year!

Gavin O

Gavin Orson - Event Planner

Theatre major with Film Studies & English minors

Hometown: Rice Lake, WI

Fun Fact:  I love cooking!

Lucas W

Lucas Wolner - Event Planner

Finance and Risk Management & Insurance double major with a Marketing minor. 

Hometown: Hastings, MN

Fun Fact: I am advanced open water and Emergency First Response Scuba certified!


Gianna De Lorenzo - Marketing Assistant

Graphic Design and Studio Art double major

Hometown: Ramsey, MN

Fun Fact: All my fingers are double-jointed! 

Rachel Kraus

Rachel Kraus
Student Activities Coordinator

[email protected]

Rachel is an alumna of the University of Minnesota Duluth and holds a B.A.S in Psychology and a B.A. in Criminology. Prior to returning to UMD she earned her M.A in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. 

Rachel believes every college student should feel like they belong on their campus. Her passion is helping students find their value and pursue their dreams.