UCM Celebrates Homecoming with "Mules Make a Difference"
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 8, 2012) – The University of Central Missouri invites the community to join in the celebration of Homecoming 2012, “Mules Make a Difference,” Oct. 12-13 as friends and alumni join UCM students and staff in a variety of activities.
The dedication of the Terry Noland Football Office Complex is planned for 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the football offices adjacent to Audrey J. Walton Stadium. Also on Friday, The Homecoming Pep Rally is planned for 4-5:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building. Student organizations will have an opportunity to show their UCM pride during a variety of competitions. Later that evening the UCM Alumni Association will recognize the recipients of the Distinguished Alumni for Service Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Distinguished International Alumni Award at the annual Distinguished Alumni Reception and Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Elliott Union ballroom.
Saturday’s festivities kick off with Alumni and Friends Continental Breakfast in the Smiser Alumni Center at 8 a.m. prior to the annual Homecoming parade at 9 a.m. The parade route, unchanged from previous years, will start at the intersection of Holden and Clark streets. The parade will proceed north on Holden Street through campus and downtown Warrensburg, turning east onto Gay Street to College Avenue. The parade then heads south at College Avenue until it reaches South Street.
After the parade, UCM alumni and friends are invited to gather at the West Side Market dining area in Todd Hall for the Alumni Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost for lunch is $7.50, which may be paid at the door.
Also after the parade, UCM joins the city of Warrensburg, the Warrensburg R-VI School District and Warrensburg Main Street to present “Tailgate with the City,” a family-oriented outdoor event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the civic center complex at 102 S. Holden St.
The annual Homecoming football game starts at 1:30 p.m. in the Audrey J. Walton Stadium as the UCM Mules take on the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos. Halftime activities include the introduction of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni, the crowning of the 2012 Homecoming royalty and performances by the Marching Mules and Alumni Band.
In addition to the traditional activities, a variety of alumni reunions are planned for Homecoming weekend. Groups scheduled to gather include the 50-year anniversary reunion of the UCM Criminal Justice program and the 40-year anniversary reunion of the UCM Safety Sciences program. Also planning reunions are the UCM Black Alumni, Sigma Tau Gamma and Tau Kappa Epsilon.
Candidates for the University of Central Missouri’s 2012 Homecoming royalty are, front row, left to right, Starla Francis, Bismarck, Mo., Alpha Gamma Delta; Jessica Teson, Kansas City, Mo., Alpha Phi; Kriti Gopal, Mumbaii, India, International Student Organization; Madison Cameron, Hermann, Mo., Sigma Sigma Sigma; Rebecca Hotop, Mexico, Mo., Alpha Omicron Pi; Kayla Meine, Warrenton, Mo., Alpha Sigma Alpha; Jessica Burroughs, Moberly, Mo., Phi Sigma Pi; back row, left to right, Dan Smith, Granger, Ind., Sigma Pi; Cody Schwartz, Freeburg, Mo., Delta Chi; Darius Schnieders, Holts Summit, Mo., Lamgda Chi Alpha; Mohit Srivastava, Dubai, UAE., International Student Organization; Luis Benavides, Independence, Mo., Tau Kappa Epsilon; Cody McFatrich, Boonville, Mo., Sigma Tau Gamma; Greg Higgins, Jefferson City, Mo., Alpha Kappa Lambda; Ryan Romaker, Warrenton, Mo., Phi Sigma Kappa; Steve Ardoin, Lee’s Summit, Mo., Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Travis Burt, Camdenton, Mo., Theta Chi. Not pictured are Rachael Craig, Wildwood, Mo., Delta Zeta; and Cassie Hayes, Marshall, Mo., Sigma Kappa.