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‘Maroon, White and You’ Homecoming activities announced

Community members invited to join the celebration
Monday, October 22, 2012

Pride BandMembers of the southwest Missouri community are invited to join the celebration of Missouri State University’s “Maroon, White and You” Homecoming. Student Homecoming activities are scheduled Oct. 21-27, with most community events occurring Oct. 26-27.

Homecoming weekend festivities will officially begin with the Stand Up and Cheer Homecoming Dinner and Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at the University Plaza Convention Center. The event will honor alumni, faculty and staff who exemplify Missouri State and its public affairs mission. Reservations are requested. For more information, contact Julie Ebersold, executive director of alumni relations, at (417) 836-5654.

The following awards will be presented that evening:

  • Dr. Ronald Bottin, Tulsa, Okla., is the Award of Appreciation recipient. Bottin served Missouri State University for 19 years from 1990–2009, most recently as the dean of the College of Business.
  • The recipient of the Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Affairs is Greg Burris, city manager for the City of Springfield. Burris received both his bachelor’s in computer information processing and master’s in business administration from Missouri State and served the university from 1983–2008, most recently as vice president of administrative and information services.
  • The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient is Shawn O’Neail, executive director of federal government affairs for the Novartis Corporation. O’Neail received both his bachelor’s in education in 1997 and master’s in public administration in 1999 from Missouri State.
  • The recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award is Barbara Bowden, general manager of The Peabody Orlando and director of corporate revenue management for Peabody Hotels. Bowden received her bachelor’s in recreation and leisure studies from Missouri State in 1983.
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Mary Jo Wynn. Wynn received her bachelor’s in physical education from Missouri State in 1953 and served the university until 1998, most recently as senior associate director of athletics.

Homecoming Day, Oct. 27, will begin with the Homecoming – Maroon Miles 5K Walk/Run at 7 a.m. at the Robert W. Plaster Student Union Plaza. The cost of the event is $10 for students with ID, $15 for pre-registered adults and $20 for adults on race day. Participants can register at http://www.OzarkRaces.com. The event will start and finish at the bear statue. All participants will receive goodie bags and long-sleeve, dry release event T-shirts. Trophies and cash prizes will be presented to first place finishers. Medals will go to first, second and third place finishers. For more information, contact Sheila L. Bowen, employee wellness programs coordinator, at (417) 836-4064.

Families and children will enjoy the Homecoming Parade, which begins at 9 a.m. on John Q. Hammons Parkway. The Homecoming Parade features marching bands, floats, decorated cars, walking entries and Homecoming royalty candidates. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tara Benson, assistant director for student engagement programs, at (417) 836-4386.

After the parade, everyone is invited to head to BearFest Village in Lot 22 to tailgate and get ready for the Bears Homecoming football game. Opening four hours before kick-off, it is where you want to be for food, fun and entertainment leading up to the game. For more information, contact Paul J. Dodson, graduate assistant for athletics marketing, at (417) 836-5044.

The Homecoming Football Game will kick off at 1 p.m. in Plaster Sports Complex. The Missouri State Bears will face Western Illinois. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Missouri State box office at (417) 836-7678 or 1-888-476-7849 or by visiting www.missouristatetix.com. The Pride Band will perform and the Homecoming king and queen will be announced at halftime.

Student events leading up to Homecoming weekend include:

Oct. 23
The office of student engagement will present a Homecoming Rockstar Competition at 7 p.m. in Hammons Student Center. The event is free. Students can watch their friends compete for cash prizes at the biggest Missouri State karaoke competition. For more information, contact Tara E. Benson, assistant director of student engagement programs, at (417) 836-4386.

Oct. 24
The office of student engagement will present Homecoming Fire in the Yard at 7 p.m. at the North Mall. Various student organizations will compete for top chili-making honors. Attendees can witness the lighting of the annual Homecoming bonfire and listen to great music. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tara E. Benson, assistant director of student engagement programs, at (417) 836-4386.

Oct. 25
The office of student engagement will present Homecoming Pep Rally and Yell Like Hell at 7 p.m. at Hammons Student Center. Fall athletes will be celebrated, including special appearances by the Bears Football team, Sugar Bears, cheerleaders and the Pride Band. Student organizations will compete for the best cheer or chant. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tara Benson, assistant director of student engagement program, at (417) 836-4386.

A complete list of Homecoming activities is available on the Alumni Association website.

About Missouri State University
Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive university system with a mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons while guided by three overarching and enduring commitments to student learning, inclusive excellence and institutional impact. The university’s identity is distinguished by its statewide mission in public affairs, which entails a campus-wide commitment to foster competence and responsibility in ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.
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