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UMN Morris Begins Homecoming with Campaign Celebration

Morrison family at the Morrison Performing Arts Center dedication
Author: 
Trina Vue ’20, Communications and Marketing
Publication date: 
September 11, 2018

The University of Minnesota Morris invites alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community members to join in this year's Homecoming celebration, September 21-23. Homecoming events include Cougar athletics, alumni reunions, music performances, and more.

Homecoming 2018 begins with an informal science and math alumni and students networking lunch hosted by division chair Peh Ng on Friday, September 21, at 12 p.m. in Science 2555.

The festivities continue with a celebration of A Model for Living and Learning, the campaign for the University of Minnesota Morris, and the dedication of the Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Performing Arts Center in Edson Auditorium at 3 p.m. RSVPs are required for this event.

The Distinguished Alumni Award and Cougar Hall of Fame Homecoming Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. in Oyate Hall. Honoree includes 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Dr. Marilyn Strand '77 and Cougar Hall of Fame inductees Dr. Jefferson Brand, Damien Hoffman '02, and Randy Rager '00. The evening will conclude with dessert and drinks in the Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery, beginning at 8 p.m.

Highlights from Saturday include the Honoring Sculpture Dedication, alumni softball, men and women's basketball games and reunion, and the annual residence hall tug-o-war.

The annual tailgate party begins at 11 a.m. at Big Cat Stadium alongside the Cougar Athletic Garage Sale. At 12 p.m. the Cougars will take on Iowa Wesleyan.

The Music Discipline will present its annual Homecoming Concert at 4 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The weekend concludes with a flag raising on Tug Lake at 11:30 a.m. and an alumni baseball game and reunion at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 23.

To learn more and to RSVP for the campaign celebration, Morrison Performing Arts Center dedication, banquet, and sculpture dedication, visit morris.umn.edu/homecoming or call 320-589-6066.

2018 Schedule of Events

Friday, September 21

All day | Show us your Morris wear (social media campaign)
All day | Class of 1968 50th Reunion
12-2 p.m.| Informal Science and Math Alumni and Students Networking Lunch, hosted by Peh Ng, division chair, Science 2555
3 p.m. | Celebration of A Model for Living and Learning, the campaign for the University of Minnesota Morris, and Dedication of the Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Performing Arts Center, Student Center, Edson Auditorium
4 p.m. | Reception, Student Center
5 p.m. | Social hour - Student Center, Oyate Hall, Alumni Room
6 p.m. | Distinguished Alumni Award and Cougar Hall of Fame Homecoming Banquet,
7:30 p.m. | KUMM Homecoming Concert (doors open at 7 p.m.) Student Center, Edson Auditorium
8 p.m. | Dessert and Drinks - Humanities Fine Arts, Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery

Saturday, September 22

Admissions Visit Day. Visit with prospective UMN Morris students and their families and guests.
All day | Class of 1968 50th Reunion
9 a.m. | UMMAA Board Meeting, Welcome Center 122
10 a.m. | Honoring Sculpture Dedication, Sculpture site/ Student Center, Oyate Hall
10 a.m. | Men's Basketball Alumni Game and Reunion
10 a.m. | Women's Basketball Alumni Game and Reunion
10 a.m. | Softball Alumni Game and Reunion
10 a.m. | Green Tour, meet outside of the north doors of Student Center
10 a.m.–4 p.m. | Campus Bookstore Open
10:15 a.m. | Campus Tour - meet outside of the north doors of Student Center
11 a.m.–3 p.m. | Cougar Athletic Garage Sale, Big Cat Stadium
11 a.m. | Tailgate, Big Cat Stadium
11:30 a.m. | Alumni, Staff, Faculty, and Students Pie-eating Contest, Big Cat Stadium
12 p.m. | Football Game v. Iowa Wesleyan, Big Cat Stadium
Immediately following the football game | Visit with new Cougar Football Coach Marty Hoffmann '05, football coaching staff, alumni, fans, and Cougar Athletic Association members! Tailgate area, outside Big Cat Stadium
Immediately following the game | Annual Residence Halls Tug-O-War Contest, Big Cat Stadium
2 p.m. | Men's Soccer vs. Northland College
4 p.m. | Homecoming Concert, Humanities Fine Arts, Recital Hall
4:30 p.m. | Women's Soccer vs. Northland College and Women's Soccer Alumni 20th Anniversary Event
5:30 p.m. | 1968 50th Reunion social hour, Cougar Room
6:30 p.m. | 1968 50th Reunion gathering, Cougar Room
9 p.m. | BSU Homecoming Dance, Student Center, Oyate Hall

Sunday, September 23

11:30 a.m. | Flag Raising, Winner of the Residence Halls Tug-O-War Contest, Tug Lake (weather permitting)
12:30 p.m. | Cougar Baseball Alumni Game and Reunion
4:30 p.m. | Pine Hall Reunion, Pine Hall