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2016 Homecoming Special Edition                    
October 26, 2016

Welcome home, MSU alumni and friends. We hope you will join us for one or all of the events listed below during MSU’s 2016 Homecoming.

Campus Happenings

Torchlight Parade & Pep Rally and Bonfire – This annual event is a student, past and present, favorite! The Torchlight Parade will begin at 9 p.m. Thursday, October 27, in front of the Daniel Building and will lead the march to the Bonfire at the Nocona Trail South Parking Lot. Coaches and team captains will speak, the Golden Thunder Band will play, and the nationally-ranked cheerleaders will have spirits soaring! Call (940) 397-4500 for additional information. 

Class of 1966 Golden Grads Brunch – Come back to your alma mater, renew friendships, and feel the pride of the university. This special event honors the Class of 1966. Join your classmates beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 28, in the Clark Student Center Kiowa Ex-Students Room and relive the good ol’ days. Fifty is simply nifty!  For more information, call (940) 397-4121.

Homecoming Parade – On Friday, October 28, at 4 p.m., student organizations, departments, and the Wichita Falls community will display their homecoming floats and costumes. The parade route begins at the soccer field parking lot and will pass by the judging grandstand behind Hardin Administration Building. Call (940) 397-4500 for more information.  

Fish Fry – This oh-so-popular, annual event is sure to be a hit with all alumni, as well as current students. Join us from 5-7 p.m. Friday, October 28, at the Sikes Lake Center for fish, hamburgers, and all the trimmings from the famous Kiowa Kooks. Cost is $9 per person; children under six eat free. For more information, call (940) 397-4121.

MSU Cardboard Boat Race – Will your team’s boat make the journey across Sikes Lake? The cardboard boat race begins at 6 p.m. on south campus Friday, October 28, For more information, call (940) 397-4500.

Friday Night Live Concert – It’s going to be a beautiful night for an outdoor concert.  Come enjoy Walkin’ Johnny at 7 p.m. Friday, October 28, at the Priddy Pavilion at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU. Walkin' Johnny's groove on country, roots rock, and Americana music has real stories, infectious hooks, harmonies, chicken-pickin licks, and an engaging live performance which they have cultivated from touring Texas and Oklahoma. Call (940) 397-4500 for more information. 

Alumni Awards Ceremony – The MSU Alumni Association honors the Arthur F. Beyer Distinguished Alumnus and outstanding graduates from each of the six academic colleges annually at homecoming. The Alumni Association will also recognize its 2016 Spirit Award recipient. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 29, in the Clark Student Center Comanche Suites. The following individuals will be recognized:

Alumni Association Spirit Award – Ms. Keisha Ellis ‘00
Arthur F. Beyer Distinguished Alumnus – Mr. Johnny Carter – ‘93
Fain College of Fine Arts – Ms. Nancy Tran-Horne ‘96
Prothro-Yeager College of Humanities & Social Sciences – Mr. Dennis Barnes ‘78 & ‘87
College of Science and Mathematics – Obaidur Rashid ‘97 &‘98
Gunn College of Health Sciences & Human Services – Mr. Guillermo Herrera ‘07
Dillard College of Business Administration – Mr. David Ickert ‘74
West College of Education – Ms. Rhonda Gardner Hensley ’01 & ‘08



If you know any of these individuals, please congratulate them on their latest honor. To purchase tickets for the ceremony or for more information, call (940) 397-4121.

Tailgate Party – The Alumni Association will host a tailgate party that you will not want to miss! Look for the Alumni banner, the MSU flags, and listen for the Loud Crowd! Join us at Memorial Stadium at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, October 29, for the tradition of tailgating. There is no charge, but it will be a first-come, first-serve event. Come early and stay late. For more information, call (940) 397-4121. 

Minority Alumni Association – will have a business meeting at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, October 29, in the Clark Student Center Wichita I & II. Later that evening, the group will host a social from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Legacy Hall Multi Purpose Room.  For additional information, call (940) 397-4121.

Athletic Activities & Special Events

Mustangs Madness – Come get a sneak peek of the men’s and women’s basketball teams, meet the players, and get excited for the upcoming basketball seasons immediately following the bonfire! Dome Magic – make it happen Thursday, October 27, at 10 p.m. Please call (940) 397-4779 for additional information. 

Volleyball – The Mustangs will play host to three volleyball games during the week: 6 p.m. Friday, October 28, against Eastern New Mexico, 2 p.m. Saturday, October 29, against Western New Mexico, and at 4:30 p.m. against Southern Nazarene. Support the Spandex! For ticket prices and additional information, call (940) 397-4779.  

Men’s SoccerYour Mustangs will take on Newman (Kan.) at 7 p.m. Friday, October 28, and return at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 29, to take on Oklahoma Christian. Show your support – Wear Maroon!  For additional information, call (940) 397-4779.

MSU Rugby – The Mustangs will take on the University of Dallas at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 29, at the South Campus Soccer Field. For more information or ticket prices, please call (940) 397-4500.

MSU Football vs. University of Texas Permian Basin – The Mustangs will take on the Falcons at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 29, at Memorial Stadium. For more information or ticket prices, please call (940) 397-4779.

School Spirit

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Wear Maroon, Get Loud & Be Proud!