Talented Business School Alumnus: From the stage, to the ice, to the boardroom
Talented Business School Alumnus, Tate Maris: From the stage, to the ice, to the boardroom
Tate Maris, a native of Denver, CO and 2012 graduate of UND with a degree in Accountancy, is a man of many talents. Not only was he a member of the UND Men’s Hockey team for four years but he has balanced a career as a musician since high school. Tate had a math teacher in high school that was an alumnus of UND that drew his attention to the school initially. In addition, Tate’s mother worked at Denver University and when the schools would compete against each other in Men’s Hockey, Tate found himself cheering for the Fighting Sioux. He was immediately drawn to the University of North Dakota after witnessing the passion and atmosphere that the UND fans brought to the games.
After finishing high school Tate decided to continue his education as a student at UND. Tate had always loved to watch and play hockey growing up and so he felt right at home in Grand Forks, ND. Prior to his sophomore year at UND, Tate repeatedly petitioned with the coaches of the hockey team for an opportunity to try out. Finally, he was granted a try out for the hockey team and was offered a position on the team as goaltender. Tate’s talents did not stop on the ice; he has also always had a passion for music.
Growing up, his parents would always have music playing in their home and he developed a love for music. He started playing guitar in high school and eventually taught himself to sing as well. As an “Acoustic Alternative” musician, Tate would play shows in the off season and in his free time between hockey games at local venues. So far, Tate has released two albums, “Like Giants” and “Burn the Ships”, and is currently working on his third. Tate has written all of his own songs and has both of his current albums along with a couple of singles available on iTunes. Tate is also fairly well known for his humorous nature and “tweets” on the social media site Twitter. With his good-natured, silly tweets featuring “#ThirdStringProblems”, Tate became increasingly well known to the fans of UND hockey.
As a student, Tate enjoyed his experiences at UND as part of the Men’s Hockey Team and also in Toastmasters International. He was also appreciative of the support and realistic teaching style of his accounting professor, Tom Clement, to which he credits the reason he decided to pursue a degree in accountancy. Another accounting professor, Harold Wilde, also inspired him as a student of the program. Maris also received a great deal of support from his coaches on the hockey team, especially Goaltender Coach and former player, Karl Goehring. While a student athlete at UND, Tate also participated in the production of “Brad Miller Time” and “Through These Doors”, both of which capture two very different aspects of the men’s hockey team. He has been commended by Head Coach Dave Hakstol for his positive attitude and growth as a player during his time with the hockey team.
When asked to provide a word of advice to potential future students of UND, Tate said “I am proud to say that I went to UND, it’s a place where, if you want to have fun you can have fun. The experience itself is what you make it. I’d have to say that whatever you decide to follow, love what you do.”