Festivities for Homecoming 2003 at Fort Hays State University will launch Thursday, Oct. 2. This year's events will spotlight the overall FHSU Homecoming theme -- "Jazz it up!"
Celebrations begin with the Tiger Alumni and Friends Golf Tournament at Smoky Hill Country Club, 3303 Hall, on Thursday. Tournament registration is at 9 a.m. followed by a "shotgun start" at 11 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 3, gets an early start with Homecoming registration at 8 a.m. in Memorial Union. Alumni and friends, including members of the reunion classes of 1953, 1963 and 1973, may register and pick up all pre-paid tickets until 4:30 p.m.
The following events are also scheduled for Friday:
-- Half-Century Club Induction and Brunch (Memorial Union) -- A celebratory social will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a 10:30 a.m. brunch, when the Class of 1953 will be inducted into the Half-Century Club.
-- Oktoberfest (Frontier Park, South Main Street) -- This widely known and wildly popular event starts at 10 a.m. with the tapping of the first keg by FHSU President Edward H. Hammond. The combination of delicious food, lively entertainment and unique crafts and vendor booths will last until 6 p.m.
-- Campus Tours -- Three separate leisurely walks through campus, scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, will focus on new sights and the latest "happenings" from a student's perspective. The tours will originate in Memorial Union.
-- The Docking Institute of Public Affairs Open House (Picken Hall, Room 210) -- From 10 a.m. to noon, staff of the institute will direct participants through the building and answer "behind the scenes" questions.
-- Forsyth Library Open House -- Displays that highlight the space program, civil rights movement, Vietnam War and Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon years in the White House will be shown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A program on the Kansas Cosmosphere will begin at 1 p.m.
-- Campus Tour -- 2 p.m.
-- Class of 1963 Reception (Memorial Union) -- Fond memories and "catch up" stories will be shared between members of the Class of '63 over light refreshments from 3-6 p.m.
-- Alumni and Endowment Awards Reception and Banquet (Memorial Union) -- Individuals who have made exceptional contributions to society and the university, recipients of this year's alumni awards, will be honored at the 6 p.m. social and 7 p.m. banquet.
-- Theatre Production: Grease (Felten-Start Theatre, Malloy Hall) -- FHSU students as the Rydell High "gang" will sing and dance their way through adolescence. The show will go on at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
-- Class of 1963 Social (Memorial Union) -- Old friends will gather from 9-11 p.m. to reminisce about former days on campus.
The schedule for Saturday, Oct. 4:
-- Homecoming registration (Memorial Union) -- Registration Begins at 7 a.m. and ends at noon. Pre-paid tickets may be picked up and biographical sheets of old friends may be viewed at the registration booth.
-- Lewis Field Club Breakfast (Memorial Union) -- Former residents of the old Lewis Field facilities are scheduled to experience the traditional breakfast meeting followed by a group photo. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m.
-- 5K Run/Walk (Memorial Union Circle Drive) -- A scenic 5K route through campus, scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., is suitable for all ages.
-- Class of 1953/1963/1973 Reunion Breakfasts (Memorial Union) -- The classes will each gather at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast. Classes of 1953 and 1963 will ride in the Homecoming Parade following the meal. Special seating will be provided for each class at the football game and Tiger Alumni and Friends Banquet and Dance.
-- Nursing Alumni/Friends Breakfast (Memorial Union) -- From 8:30-10:30 a.m., this traditional event will highlight delicious food and great conversation.
-- Legislative Forum (Memorial Union) -- State legislators will address challenging issues facing Kansas during this panel discussion from 9-10 a.m. Mark Bannister '85 is the panel's moderator. The public is invited to attend.
-- Campus Tour -- 9:30 a.m.
-- Homecoming Parade (Main Street) -- Floats, bands and other creative entries will be showcased in the annual Homecoming Parade beginning at 11 a.m. Francis Schippers, past president of the Volga German Society, is this year's Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal. -- FHSU vs. Colorado School of Mines Football Game (Lewis Field Stadium)
-- Pre-game ceremonies will start at 1 p.m. and game time is set for 2 p.m.
-- Post-Game Social (Memorial Union) -- Tigers who are not ready to go home when the game is over may join others for music and conversation in an informal setting immediately following the game, 5:30 p.m.
-- Tiger Alumni and Friends Banquet and Dance (Memorial Union)--To wind up the eventful day, alumni and friends are invited to a classy evening of dinner and dancing. The banquet is scheduled for 7 p.m. The dance will follow at 9 p.m.
-- Theatre Production: Grease (Felten-Start Theatre, Malloy Hall) -- 8 p.m.
Other events available to visitors throughout Homecoming weekend include a trip to FHSU's renowned Sternberg Museum of Natural History and/or Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art.
The museum is open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-7 p.m. on Sunday.
Guests may view permanent exhibitions of fossils and geology including walk-through dioramas featuring the last age of dinosaurs and the hands-on Discovery Room.
This year's temporary exhibits include "Rush to the Rockies," which highlights the westward migration of people across the Great Plains from 1850-1900, and "Museum Memories: A Centennial Exhibition," which showcases history objects from the museum's collection.
The art exhibit in Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art is scheduled for Thursday. The gallery, located in Rarick Hall, will be open from 7-9 p.m., showcasing the two-dimensional works of alumnus Zhimin Guan. Representational as well as abstract pieces are included in the exhibition with traditional Chinese techniques in evidence.
FHSU Alumni Association requires advance registration for all Homecoming events. Registration may be completed online at http://www.fhsu.edu/alumni. Further information can be obtained from the Alumni Office, (785) 628-4430 or 1-888-351-3591.
The FHSU Alumni Association, established in 1916, is dedicated to identifying and serving the needs of more than 37,000 graduates living throughout the United States and 61 foreign countries. The Board of Directors is a 25-member governing board that sets the policy and direction of the association in developing lifelong relationships between the university and its alumni and friends.