Many events planned for 50th Homecoming

A very special 50th anniversary Homecoming at Southwest Minnesota State University will be held on the weekend of Sept. 29-Oct. 1, with a theme of “Forever Brown and Gold.”

A number of events are planned The 50th Anniversary Charter was signed and it charter will be available for signing throughout the week at the Student Center Information Desk. Many student-centered events are held during the week.

The Coronation and Take 2 Improv will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28. The SMSU Planetarium has two shows planned, a Music Laser Light Show on Sept. 29, and a Planetarium Star Show on Sept. 30.

The Alumni Awards Luncheon will be held at noon on Sept. 29.

This year’s honorees include: Ryan Ross, ’08, GOLD Award, professional freelance opera singer; Emily Deaver, Honorary Lifetime Member Award, Environmental Science Professor; Craig Porter, ’79, Alumni Achievement Award, owner of PlastiCert, a maker of specialty plastic mold components in Lewiston; Curtis Weber, ’80, Alumni Achievement Award, owner of Midwest Machinery (a group of John Deere dealerships), Glenwood; and Sheila Anderson, ’95, Alumni Achievement Award, Chief Financial Officer for Daktronics, Brookings, S.D.

The annual University Gala will take place on Sept. 29. Over $800,000 in student scholarships has been raised to date at this event, and organizers are hoping to exceed the record of 350 attendees this year.

The Lions Club Pancake Feed will kick off Homecoming Day on Sept. 30. The Veterans Club will host the Legacy Homecoming Run at 8 a.m. that morning, with registration at 7:30 a.m.

The annual Homecoming parade will run its usual route down Main Street starting at 11 a.m. on Sept. 30.

The Women’s Tea will be held at 1 p.m.

The All-Southwest Reunion will be held from 6-10 p.m. at the Red Baron Arena, across Highway 23 from the university, near Marshall High School, on Sept. 30. Alumni, those who attended the university, friends of the university, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend this event and connect with old friends.

An Alumni Brunch will be held Sunday, Oct. 1. Rounding out the weekend will be the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra concert at 2 p.m., “An All-American Celebration — SMSU at 50,” featuring alumnus Ryan Ross, a professional opera singer living in Wales.

The concert features the music of Aaron Copland, Robert Whitcomb, Peter Lothringer and John Williams. Also featured will be the SMSU Chorale.

Tours of the university will be offered to those who wish to see first-hand the many changes to the campus layout over the years.

Tours will be available on Sept. 29 and 30.

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