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‘Bears Forever’ Homecoming activities announced

Community members invited to join the celebration
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Bears Forever Homecoming logoMembers of MarooNation everywhere and of the Springfield area community are invited to join the celebration of Missouri State University’s “Bears Forever” Homecoming. Student Homecoming activities are scheduled Oct. 14-19, with most community events occurring Oct. 18-19.

A new Homecoming feature is now available in the Missouri State mobile app. MSU Mobile includes a schedule of Homecoming events and maps of the BearTracks 5K, parade route and BearFest Village.

Those who attend any Homecoming event are invited to comment and post pictures using the Twitter or Instagram hashtag #BearsForever.

Events planned for Homecoming weekend

Homecoming weekend festivities will officially begin with the Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 4 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Plaster Student Union West Ballroom. Six former faculty and staff members including: the late Dr. Alice Fleetwood Bartee, Dr. William Cheek, Clinton Copeland, Retired Maj. Gen. Fred Marty, Gregory P. Onstot and the late Guy Thompson will be added to Missouri State’s Wall of Fame. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Lane at (417) 836-5886.

Later that evening the Bears of Distinction Homecoming Dinner and Awards Ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at the University Plaza Convention Center. The event will honor alumni, faculty and staff who exemplify Missouri State and its public affairs mission. Tickets are $30 and reservations are requested. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at (417) 836-6486.

During the ceremony, several recognitions will be awarded.

  • Ivan Milton, emeritus professor of Missouri State Athletic Training Services, will receive the Award of Appreciation.
  • Gen. Frank Grass, 1997, chief of the National Guard Bureau, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Gloria Cohen Shomo, 2008, visual effects coordinator at Rhythm and Hues Studi,o will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
  • Barry Johnson, 1975, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Miami (Fla.) Chamber of Commerce, will receive the Outstanding Alumni Award.
  • Judith Rowland, 2011, global campaigns associate for the Global Poverty Project, will receive the Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Affairs.

Homecoming day, Oct. 19, will begin with the Bear Tracks 5K Walk/Run at 7 a.m. starting at the Plaster Student Union. The cost of this event is $20. Participants can register at http://www.OzarkRaces.com. All participants will receive a goodie bag and a long-sleeve, dry release event T-shirt. 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 Bowen, employee wellness program coordinator, at (417) 836-4064.

Families will enjoy the Band of Bears Homecoming Parade, which begins at 9 a.m. on John Q. Hammons Parkway. The route makes its official start at the corner of John Q. Hammons Parkway and Trafficway. The groups travel south past JQH Arena on John Q. Hammons Parkway to Madison. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tara Benson, director of student engagement, at (417) 836-6486.

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 three 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 Chris Scott, athletics marketing graduate assistant, at (417) 836-5278.

The Homecoming Football Game vs. South Dakota State will kick off at 1 p.m. at Plaster Sports Complex. 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 activities during Homecoming week

Can We Build It competitionStudent events leading up to Homecoming weekend include:

Oct. 15
The office of student engagement will present the Homecoming Rockstar Competition at 7 p.m. at Hammons Student Center. Student organization representatives sing their hearts out in this unique karaoke competition. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tara Benson, director of student engagement, at (417) 836-6486.

Oct. 16
The office of student engagement will present Homecoming Maroon and White Night at 7 p.m. on the North Mall. Come to the mall for free chili at the annual chili cook-off and carnival. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tara Benson, director of student engagement, at (417) 836-6486.

Oct. 17
The office of student engagement will present Homecoming Pep Rally and Yell Like Hell at 7 p.m. at Hammons Student Center. Join fall athletes, the Pride Band and spirit squads for a pep rally to get ready for the football game. Stick around after the pep rally to hear cheers and chants by various student organizations at the annual Yell Like Hell competition. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tara Benson, director of student engagement, at (417) 836-6486.

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

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