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CALENDAR ITEM: MU Homecoming to Honor Traditions, Feature Special 175th Anniversary Guests

October 26th, 2014

Story Contact: Nathan Hurst, 573-882-6217,

By Fran Webber

WHAT: The Mizzou Alumni Association (MAA) invites the Columbia community to join in “Celebrating Our Stripes” during the University of Missouri’s 103rd Homecoming celebration. The activities started earlier this month, with MU students and alumni participating in the Homecoming Day of Service and, more recently, the Homecoming Blood Drive. The Tigers Taming Hunger Food Drive also ran throughout the month of October.

This year, in honor of MU’s 175th anniversary, descendants of the 900 Boone Countians who gave land, money or other resources to help ensure the university was built in Columbia in 1839 will serve as honorary grand marshals in the Homecoming Parade. The MAA expects more than 50 families descended from the original donors to attend the homecoming festivities.

WHO: MU students, alumni and the public.

Friday, Oct. 24

Noon – 5 p.m. Homecoming Headquarters

Visitors can check in and get information for the Homecoming weekend, meet with friends and purchase Homecoming merchandise at Carnahan Quad on the corner of Tiger and Conley Avenues.

3 p.m. Traditions Plaza Dedication

The MAA and MU Chancellor Loftin will dedicate Mizzou’s newest landmark on the Carnahan Quad. The plaza is an outdoor amphitheater that will provide a gathering and programming space for use by students, faculty, staff, visitors and alumni. More details can be found at

6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Campus Decorations

Students and alumni can gather in Greek Town to view skits performed by the MU Greek community.

6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Mizzou Music on the Plaza

Campus visitors are invited to explore MU’s newest campus landmark on the north end of Carnahan Quad to enjoy the jazz music of MU’s Mike Neu Quartet. Free light refreshments for Mizzou Alumni Association members will be provided.

Saturday, Oct. 25

9 a.m. Homecoming Parade

The parade will start on campus and make its way through downtown Columbia. A map of the parade route can be found at:

3 p.m. Kickoff, MU vs. Vanderbilt

The Tigers will play Vanderbilt at Memorial Stadium. At halftime of the game, results of the student vote will be announced at the MU Homecoming king and queen will be crowned. Single game tickets are on sale at or 1-800-CAT-PAWS.

NOTE: All events are open to the public. The 2014 Homecoming celebration is a program of the Mizzou Alumni Association (MAA).