‘We Are Mustangs’ Homecoming Sept. 21-27

Published Friday, September 11, 2015

SMSU alumni from the region and across the country will return to campus Sept. 21-27 to celebrate “We Are Mustangs,” the theme of the 2015 Southwest Minnesota State University Homecoming.

Numerous events will be held during the week leading up to Homecoming, including movies, live entertainment, coronation, residence hall decorating and karaoke.

Homecoming king and queen coronation is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24 in the Conference Center Lower Ballroom.

Four alumni and one community member will receive Alumni Association awards at the Friday, Sept. 25 noon luncheon in the Conference Center Ballroom.

Alumni Achievement Award honorees include Steve Baumann, ’74, President and Owner of Vexilar, a marine electronics company know as the “Cadillac” of the ice fishing world; Gene,’71, and Lucy, ’76, Tokheim, owners of Tokheim Stoneware located near Dawson, Minn.; and Mark Diekmann, ‘83, currently working for Paragon Dental Practice Transitions.

The Honorary Lifetime Membership Award recipient is Mike McHugh, former Speech Communication: Radio-TV Professor who retired following the 2013-14 academic year.

Marri Carrow, ’08, regional director for the western hemisphere at the U.S. Grains Council, is the 2015 GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award recipient.

The 26th University Gala, the single-largest scholarship fund-raiser at SMSU, will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25 in the R/A Facility.

The SMSU volleyball team takes on Concordia St. Paul at 7 p.m. in the P/E Gym Friday night. The Planetarium (SM 108) will host a laser light show at 8 p.m.

The annual Lions Club pancake breakfast will begin the Saturday, Sept. 26 Homecoming festivities. It will be held from 7-10:30 a.m. at the Fire Hall.

The Mustang Stampede — a 5K walk/run and 10K run — will begin at 8 a.m. from the Schwan Regional Event Center. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

The Homecoming parade will begin at 11 a.m., with the lineup starting at 10 a.m. at the Lyon/Jewett Streets checkpoint. The parade will run its usual route, from Lyon St. to Main St., then north, disbanding at 5th St.

An alumni parade hospitality tent featuring breakfast paninos will be located at the corner of Main St. and East College Dr., at Memorial Park, starting at 10:45 a.m.

A women’s tea will be held in the Women’s Center lobby area in the Student Center starting at 1 p.m.

A Homecoming Tailgate/Family Fun Fest will be held from 4-6 p.m. in the R/A Facility parking lot area. It will feature family games and entertainment, and live music.

The Homecoming football game begins at 6 p.m. and will feature the Mustangs taking on Moorhead at the Schwan Regional Event Center.

After the game, 176 Key Dueling Pianos will perform at the Varsity Pub parking lot starting at 9 p.m.

The women’s soccer team hosts Minot State and the University of Mary at noon and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 and 27, respectively.

The annual athletic Celebration of Excellence will be at 11 a.m. on Sept. 27 in the Conference Center Upper Ballroom.
 
Monday, Sept. 21
King and Queen voting
 
Tuesday, Sept. 22
King and Queen voting
9 p.m.: Candidate’s Night, hypnotist, PE Gym
 
Wednesday, Sept. 23
King and Queen voting
11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Mustang Karaoke tryouts, Conference Center Upper Ballroom
5 p.m.-7 p.m.: Stampede Feed, Campus Dining
7 p.m.: Mustang Karaoke finals, Conference Center Upper Ballroom
6:30 and 9:30 p.m.: Cinema @ The Centers, Conference Center Lower Ballroom
 
Thursday, Sept. 24
9 a.m.-noon: Residence Hall Spirit Decorating Judging, Office and Door Decorating Judging
11:45 a.m.: Live @ The Landing, Student Center
5 p.m.- 7 p.m.: VIP night at the Barnes & Noble Campus Store
6 p.m.- 9 p.m.: Marshall Area Story Tellers Performances, Brau Brother Brewing Company
7 p.m.: Coronation, Conference Center Lower Ballroom
 
Friday, Sept. 25
Noon: Alumni awards luncheon, Conference Center Upper Ballroom
6 p.m.: University Gala, R/A Facility
7 p.m.: SMSU volleyball vs. Concordia St. Paul
8 p.m.: Planetarium laser light show, classic rock and country music, SM 108
6:30 and 9:30 p.m.: Cinema @ the Centers, Conference Center Lower Ballroom
 
Saturday, Sept. 26
7 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: 30th Annual Lions Club pancake feed, Fire Hall
8 a.m.: 5K run/walk and 10K run, Schwan Regional Event Center
10 a.m.: Parade line-up, Lyon/Jewett Sts. checkpoint
10:45 a.m.: Alumni Parade Hospitality Tent featuring breakfast paninos, Memorial Park, corner of Main and East College Dr.
11 a.m.: Homecoming parade, Lyon Street to Main Street to 5th Street
12 noon: SMSU softball alumni game, Softball Field
12 noon: Soccer vs. Minot State, Schwan Regional Event Center
1 p.m.: Women’s Tea, Student Center, Women’s Center lobby
4-6 p.m.: Homecoming Tailgate/Family Fun Fest, R/A Facility parking lot area/Green Lot
6 p.m.: Kickoff, Mustangs vs. Moorhead, Schwan Regional Event Center
9 p.m.-midnight: 176 Key Dueling Pianos, Varsity Pub parking lot
 
Sunday, Sept. 27
11 a.m.: Celebration of Excellence, Conference Center Ballroom
1 p.m.: Soccer vs. University of Mary, Schwan Regional Event Center