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UMM Homecoming continues anniversary theme

Undated file photo courtesy UMM.

The University of Minnesota, Morris' Homecoming 2010, including athletic events, tailgating, alumni and friend gatherings, and music, is Oct. 8-10.

The celebrations are another part of the campus' 50th anniversary event.

Here are some of the Homecoming highlights:

Friday, Oct. 8: soccer, disc golf, documentary screening, and dance

The soccer teams play Presentation College. The women start at 1:30 p.m., and the men start at 3:30 p.m. A disc golf tournament will be held at Pomme de Terre Park at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to participate -- there's no pre-registration.

Friday evening, Promise of the Prairie: Education in Three Acts, the campus documentary, will be screened in the Student Center's Edson Auditorium at 9 p.m. The Black Student Union will host a dance at 10 p.m. in Oyate Hall in the Student Center.

Saturday, Oct. 9: 5-K, tailgating, football, Groupie Reunions, and art exhibition

Saturday's event line-up begins at 8 a.m. with run-day registration for the Cougar 5-K at the Regional Fitness Center at 9 a.m. Contact the RFC to pre-register at 320-589-6428.

The Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium Theatre dedication will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the recently renamed theatre located in Humanities Fine Arts.

From 10 a.m. until noon, an open house reception at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance features art created by UMM's first art professors--Fred Peterson, Lois Hodgell, Bruce McGrew, John Stuart Ingle.

The tailgate party begins at 11:30 a.m. west of Big Cat Stadium. The Cougar football team plays Martin Luther College at 1 p.m.. Following the game, the UMMAA will host a reception for alumni, friends, faculty, and staff at LaFave House, 305 College Avenue.

At 5:30 p.m. an alumni extravaganza--Groupie Reunions--begins in the Student Center. Alumni and friends will enjoy the opportunity to reconnect with fellow alumni from student organizations they belonged to as undergraduates. Cynthia Johnson '78, credited with the 80s hit "Funkytown," will perform with her trio from 6 until 7 p.m., and a Homecoming 2010 slideshow of images from the past will be running in Edson Auditorium from 5:30 until 7 p.m.

At 7 p.m., alumni and friends will gather in Oyate Hall for the UMMAA Distinguished Alumni Award, Cougar Hall of Fame, and Groupies Reunion Dinner. Susan Jackson, an internationally respected scholar and researcher in the field of organizational psychology, and Dennis Anderson, an award winning journalist and conservationist, will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Jackson will receive her award in absentia. The Cougar football teams and coaches from 1975, 1976, 1977, and 1978, the only teams to remain undefeated in conference regular season play, will be inducted into the Cougar Hall of Fame. Promise of the Prairie: Education in Three Acts, the campus documentary, will be screened in the Student Center's Edson Auditorium following the dinner.

Sunday, Oct. 10: Tours and Homecoming Concert

On Sunday, "green campus" tours will be offered, departing from the Welcome Center at 1 p.m. The Concert Choir, Symphonic Winds and alumni to present the Homecoming Concert at 2 p.m. in Recital Hall in HFA. A reception follows. For more information, e-mail or call 320-589-6066.