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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - 10/15/2007 - UCM celebrates "UCM Heroes" during 2007 Homecoming festivities Oct. 19-20 as friends and alumni join the UCM students and staff in a variety of activities, including a number of special reunions and events.
Distinguished Alumni Recognized
Festivities kick off Friday, Oct. 19, as the university recognizes five alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Awards. Those honored this year are business owners Ted and Betty Meyer of Blue Springs; insurance executive Mike Davidson, Bloomington, Ill.; and NASA administrator Phil Sumrall, Hunstville, Ala. Educator Samira Hussein, Overland Park, Kan., will be honored with the Distinguished International Alumni Award.
The Adrian and Margaret Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies will host a 1 p.m. reception honoring Davidson and Hussein in the Ward Edwards atrium. The Distinguished Alumni will be honored at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner at 6:30 pm. in the Elliott Union ballroom. A reception precedes the dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Elliott Union Atrium.
Homecoming Royalty Finalists Announced
Also on Friday, the finalists for the top Homecoming Royalty will be announced at the Pep Rally and Cheer Contest at 6 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building. The UCM Mules football lettermen will gather at 7 p.m. for a reception at 7 p.m. in the Markey Lobby of the Audrey J. Walton Stadium.
Bob Tompkins 5K Run
Saturday's events kick off early with the annual Bob Tompkins 5K Run at 7 a.m., at the South Recreation Complex. To register for the run, contact Steve Burns at 660-543-8894.
The UCM Alumni Association will host an all-alumni continental breakfast at 8 a.m. in the Smiser Alumni Center. The Mule Train will gather at 9 a.m. on the lawn of the home of Maurine Achauer on South Holden Street in anticipation of the Homecoming parade.
The Annual Homecoming Parade
The annual parade, a highlight of Homecoming, will begin at 9:30 a.m. Leaving from the Multipurpose Building parking, the parade will wind south on Washington Street and east on Houx Street before traveling north on Holden Street through the campus and downtown Warrensburg to Gay Street. The parade then will travel east on Gay Street to College Street before turning south on College Street and returning to campus.
Area High School and Middle School Bands Will Attend
Area high school and middle school marching bands will add to the excitement of the parade, with results of the marching competition announced at 12:15 p.m. in Garrison Gymnasium. High school bands also will participate in the halftime show of the Mules football game Saturday afternoon.
College High Memorial Dedication
Alumni and friends of UCM's College High School, also known over the years as the Training High School and University High School, will dedicate the College High Memorial at 11:30 a.m. located just southeast of the Humphreys Building, the memorial commemorates the school operated by the university until 1976.
Meet Maya and Miguel
Also at 11:30, children may meet Maya and Miguel, popular PBS children's program characters, in Smiser Alumni Center. Maya and Miguel will appear through the courtesy of KMOS-TV, channel 6, UCM's public broadcasting station.
The Mule Team will host its pre-game tailgate from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot at the corner of Washington and South streets. The Alumni and Friends pre-game lunch is planned for 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building. To register for the Alumni and Friends lunch, contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 660-543-8000.
Royalty Announced during Halftime
The annual Homecoming football game starts at 1:30 p.m. on Vernon Kennedy Field in Audrey J. Walton Stadium as the Mules take on the Missouri Southern State University Lions. Halftime activities include the introduction of the 2007 Distinguished Alumni, the crowning of the 2007 Homecoming royalty, performances by the Marching Mules and the visiting high school bands, and the recognition of special alumni groups.
Many campus groups will host alumni reunions during Homecoming. The centennial anniversary of the Family and Consumer Sciences program at the university will be celebrated, along with gatherings of alumni of several Greek organizations and academic departments and organizations.
For More Information
For more information on UCM's 2007 Homecoming celebration and reunions, contact the UCM Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 660-543-8000.