Agawasie Day

Agawasie Day 2017 | Thursday, May 4, 2017
1 p.m.-Midnight | The Oval and Lot 1

Street Dance | 9 p.m.-Midnight at Lot 1
Behind the Hektner Student Center, next to Ballweber Hall



Car Show | 1 - 4 p.m.

Pre-register at the Customer Service Desk or click here to register online!

  • FREE to all participants – students, faculty, staff and public
  • First 30 entries get a free dash plate
  • Three classes: Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles
  • Trophies for: Best in Show, President's Choice, 1st and 2nd Place Car, Truck and Motorcycle
Volleyball | 1 p.m.

Pre-register and sign your team up at the Customer Service Desk!

  • All teams must be co-ed with 3 girls and 3 guys on the court at all times. There may be up to 9 players on each team with a maximum of 2 Wildcat Volleyball players per team.
  • Each team must submit their team name when they sign up.
  • Registration is open to the first 12 teams that sign up.
  • The winner will be the best of 3 games to 10 points; the team must win by 2 points with a cap at 13 if a tie occurs.
  • A Captains' meeting will be held on Thursday, May 4 at 12:45 p.m. at the volleyball nets on the lawn in front of the Hektner Student Center to discuss the rules and playing times.
  • If a team does not report to the court within 10 minutes after the previous game has ended, they forfeit the match unless the team members are still playing in another volleyball game.
  • Winning team receives commemorative Agawasie Day t-shirts!
Tug-O-War | 5:30 p.m.

Pre-register and sign your team up at the Customer Service Desk!

  • Maximum of 10 people per team
  • Teams may sign up no later than 4:30 p.m. on Agawasie Day
  • Teams must include at least 2 girls
  • Team weight limit is 1,200 lbs.
  • Check-in will be held on Agawasie Day at 5:15 p.m. in front of the Hektner Student Center
  • Winning team receives commemorative Agawasie Day t-shirts!

NDSCS-Fargo Activities

NDSCS-Fargo will be hosting Agawasie Day from Noon-5 p.m. Take a break from classes and join us for some fun!

  • Wii Sports Competition - Auditorium
  • Wildcat Bean Bag Toss - Main Hallway
  • Checkers - Wild Grounds Coffiee Shop

Pizza will be available while supplies last.


Why is it called Agawasie Day?

In 1914, the School of Science published its first yearbook called the Agawasie.

According to the authors of NDSCS: 100 Years of Excellence, the origin of this name is obscure, but in an early issue of the annual it was explained as an Indian word for Ascience.

Another story tells that two wily students, Max Lauder and Arnold Forbes, had neglected to actually research the real Indian word for science. In order to cover up their blunder, they contrived the word Aggy-Wassy, which later became the easier form Agawasie.

After publishing the Agawasie for three years, it was discontinued from 1917 through 1920 due to World War I. In 1943 and 1944 the yearbook was reduced in size and printed as a softcover instead of the more usual hardcover edition.

Financing the annual varied from the sale of candy, proceeds from the Penny Carnival, student activity fees, the nominal sales price and solicited advertisements. The arrival of the annual became a day for celebration, so the annual Agawasie Day Picnic was started.

Publishing an annual yearbook was discontinued in 2004, but the day for celebration still continues as Agawasie Day.

*This information was compiled from the College Archives at the Mildred Johnson Library.

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