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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 8, 2010) – The University of Central Missouri invites the community to join in the celebration of “UCM: Leading the Way” during the 2010 Homecoming celebration Oct. 22-23 as friends and alumni join UCM students and staff in a variety of activities.
In addition to the traditional Homecoming events and the many campus reunions, a special attraction will be the opportunity to tour UCM’s Morrow-Garrison complex and Student Recreation Center, both under construction and nearing completion.
Guided tours will be available between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, with those participating asked to meet the tour guides at the College High Memorial just west of the Morrow-Garrison complex. To ensure safety in construction areas, tours will be conducted in designated sections of the buildings, providing an opportunity for alumni and the public to view the facilities, which are slated to open in January 2011.
The Homecoming Pep Rally is planned for 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in the Multipurpose Building. Student organizations will have an opportunity to show their UCM pride during a variety of competitions. The UCM Jennies volleyball team takes on Missouri Southern State University at 7:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building.
The UCM Alumni Association will recognize the recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award at the annual Distinguished Alumni Reception and Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Elliott Union ballroom. Steven and Susan Beebe and Clifton Baile will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, and Shree Loya will receive the Distinguished International Alumni Award.
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 brings the campus and local communities together to enjoy the Marching Mules, floats, equestrian units, dignitaries, representatives of area organizations and businesses, and many regional high school bands.
The parade route, unchanged from previous years, will start at the intersection of Holden and Clark streets. The route runs north on Holden Street through campus and downtown Warrensburg. The parade route turns east onto Gay Street to College Avenue. At College Avenue, the route heads south until it reaches South Street. Band and parade judges will be positioned on the west side of Holden Street on the lawn of the Johnson County Courthouse.
Dot and Dash, popular PBS Kids children’s program characters, will participate in the Homecoming parade, courtesy of KMOS-TV, UCM’s public broadcasting station. They will be available to meet with children following the parade from 10:30 a.m.to noon in the Smiser Alumni Center.
The Mule Train will host its pre-game tailgate from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the university parking lot at the corner of Washington and South streets. UCM alumni are invited to gather at the newly renovated West Side Market dining area in Todd Hall for the Alumni Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The annual Homecoming football game starts at 1:30 p.m. on Vernon Kennedy Field in the Audrey J. Walton Stadium as the UCM Mules take on the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Halftime activities include the introduction of the 2010 Distinguished Alumni, the crowning of the 2010 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 American Marketing Association, Black Alumni, Construction Management, Elliott Union employees, Mules football lettermen, Omega Phi Psi, the Mules Pecan Bowl team, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Sigma Tau Gamma, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Theta Chi and Yeater Hall residents.
For more information on UCM’s 2010 Homecoming celebration and reunions, contact the UCM Office of Alumni Relations at 660-543-8000.