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Morris Will Celebrate Homecoming 2017

Alumni at Homecoming
Communications and Marketing
Publication date: 
September 26, 2017

The University of Minnesota, Morris invites alumni, students, faculty, staff, community members, and friends to participate in this year's Homecoming celebration, September 29–October 1. Homecoming festivities include sporting events, reunions, performances, and more.

The Homecoming celebration begins with the inauguration of Michelle Behr as the sixth chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Morris on Friday, September 29, at 1:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium (Student Center). A reception will follow in Oyate Hall.

The celebration continues with the Distinguished Alumni Award and Cougar Hall of Fame Homecoming Banquet at 6 p.m. in Oyate Hall (reception begins at 5). Honorees include 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Dennis Gimmestad '73 and Teresa Luckow Peterson '91 and Cougar Hall of Fame inductees Todd Hanson '97, Anna Townsend Tool '99, and Steve Van Hee '65.

Students at a football game

Saturday's highlights include alumni softball, baseball, and women's basketball games as well as an alumni brunch, Coffee & Cookies with Pounce, and the annual residence hall tug-o-war. The Music Discipline will present its annual Homecoming Concert, performed by some of Morris's most talented musicians.

The annual tailgate party begins at 4 p.m. outside Big Cat Stadium. The Cougars will take on Crown College at 6 p.m.

This year alumni from Meiningens Student Theatre and the campus improv troupe and club will gather for reunions. Catch up with Meinies and improvers like Professor Emeritus George Fosgate, Jenna Reiser Ray '10, Peter Ray '09, and others.

The weekend concludes with a flag raising on Tug Lake on Sunday morning. To learn more, visit

Students at the annual tug-o-war contest

2017 Homecoming Schedule of Events

Friday, September 29

1:30 p.m. Inauguration of Chancellor Michelle Behr, Edson Auditorium
3–4 p.m. Inauguration Reception, Oyate Hall
3 p.m. Judging of Campus Decorating Contest
5 p.m. Reception, Student Center, Oyate Hall, Alumni Room
6 p.m. Distinguished Alumni Award and Cougar Hall of Fame Homecoming Banquet, Oyate Hall
7:30 p.m. KUMM Homecoming Concert (doors open at 7 p.m.)
8 p.m. Dessert and Drinks, Edward J and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery, Humanities Fine Arts
8 p.m. Meiningens Alumni Reunion, Black Box Theatre, Humanities Fine Arts

Saturday, September 30

10–11:30 a.m. Alumni Brunch, Oyate Hall (all alumni welcome to attend)
10–6 p.m. Campus Bookstore Open
11 a.m. Alumni Softball Game, Softball Field
11:30 a.m. UMMAA Board Meeting, Welcome Center #122
11:45 a.m. Campus Tour, Imholte Hall
12 p.m. Annual Residence Halls Tug-O-War Contest, Big Cat Stadium
12 p.m. Cougar Baseball Alumni Game, Baseball Field
1 p.m. Improv Alumni Reunion, Edson Auditorium, Student Center
1 p.m. Green Tour, Student Center
2 p.m. Homecoming Concert, Humanities Fine Arts
2:30–4 p.m. Coffee & Cookies with Pounce, Oyate Hall, Alumni Room
3 p.m. Women's Basketball Alumni Game, PE Center
3 p.m. Alumni and Friends Social Tent (weather permitting)
3 p.m. Cougar Athletic Association Gathering at the Social Tent (weather permitting)
4 p.m. Tailgate, P.E. Center cooridor 
6 p.m. Cougar Football Homecoming Game vs. Crown College, Big Cat Stadium

Sunday, October 1

11:30 a.m. Flag Raising for Winner of the Residence Halls Tug-O-War Contest (weather permitting), Tug Lake