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MUW prepares to welcome alumni during Homecoming
April 4, 2012
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women will welcome alumni and guests back with a host of events as part of its Homecoming celebration set for April 20-22.
Mary Margaret Roberts, MUW executive director of alumni relations, said, “We are always delighted to welcome the 50th reunion class, the Class of 1962, and we have other special groups of alumni to recognize this year as well. This is the 30th anniversary of men at MUW, it is the 50th anniversary of the D'Belles social club and we are celebrating the history of athletics.
“Attending Homecoming is not only a way for alumni to reconnect with one another but also for alumni to learn about their University as it exists today. We all should be very proud of our current students and the quality of teaching and learning taking place here,” she added.
A special event and professional development opportunity is planned for alumni education graduates on Thursday, April 19. All alumni who majored in elementary, secondary, K-12 and special education are invited to attend and bring a friend to the Alumni & Friends Education Forum from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Pope Banquet Room. The keynote speaker is Sherry Davis, a nationally board certified teacher in science.
On Friday morning, registration will begin at 9 at Stovall House. The Golden Girls Luncheon, honoring the Class of 1962, will follow at 11a.m. in the Pope Banquet Room located upstairs in Hogarth Dining Center. Tickets for members of the Class of 1962 are free and $15 for all others.
All alumni athletes, alumni and friends are invited to the athletics reunion, book signing and reception of “Legacy of the Blues: A Century of Athletics at The W” from 1:30 pm. to 4:30 p.m. at the Pohl Building lobby and gym.
From 2:30 to 5 p.m., there will be open houses and campus tours led by Student Alumni Ambassadors beginning at Stovall House.
The MUW Senior Exhibitions reception will follow from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Art and Design Building.
MUW will celebrate male alumni and students at the Barbecue Celebrating 30 Years of Men at MUW from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the Bryan Green Gazebo. Tickets are $15.
Guests will be treated to a wine and dessert tasting prepared by the Culinary Arts Institute from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Shattuck Hall. Tickets are $10.
D’Belles social club will have its 50th Anniversary Celebration at 6:30 p.m. at the Lee Home.
The evening will end with the Leslie Farrell Threadgill Lecture and Artist Series’ Frank Sinatra Tribute Concert at 8 p.m. in Rent Auditorium. Crooner sensation Nick Hilscher will be the headliner. The performance is free and open to the public. Guests must register for the event.
Saturday’s activities will kick off with a 5K Homecoming Fun Run at 7:45 a.m., beginning at Cochran Hall. The cost is $10.
Alumni and guests are invited to join MUW President Jim Borsig for a campus walk at 8:30 a.m. starting at the Old Maid’s Gate near the College Street entrance.
A Homecoming Brunch featuring a panel discussion led by student leaders will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in Pope Banquet Room. The cost is $15.
The MUW Alumni Association will have its annual meeting at 1 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium. The Class of 1962 march will take place as well as the presentation of alumni awards and announcement of 2012-2013 officers.
Twitter fans can follow Dr. Borsig throughout the weekend and beyond. The president will be available to chat online via Twitter from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone can follow him on Twitter @JBB56.
At 4:30 p.m., Dr. Harry Sherman, professor emeritus, will be honored for his longtime service to MUW. The reception will be held in Puckett House.
The weekend will conclude with Brunch on Sunday and a 50 inning softball game for students, alumni, faculty and staff at 1p.m. at Don Usher Field.
For more information, please call MUW’s Office of Alumni Relations at (662) 329-7295 or visit http://www.muw.edu/alumni/