As the cooler evening weather begins to usher in October, Fort Hays State University alumni, faculty and students prepare to "Let the Good Times Roll" during homecoming weekend, Oct. 7-10.
Featured classes this year are 1954, 1964 and 1979. In addition to these "high rollers," Greek organizations and volleyball teams will be on hand during the array of homecoming activities.
FHSU's Alumni Association rolls out the activities beginning at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, with the Tiger Alumni and Friends Golf Tournament, back by popular demand, at the Smoky Hill Country Club, 3303 Hall.
The FHSU Alumni Association, established in 1916, is dedicated to identifying and serving the needs of more than 36,000 graduates living throughout the United States and 61 foreign countries.
An art exhibit titled "A Visual Heritage: The University Collects" will open from 7-9 p.m. in the Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art.
Friday, Oct. 8, begins with registration in the Memorial Union at 8 a.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m. All tickets must be picked up at the registration desk. Special events are planned throughout the day, including:
--Half-Century Club Induction and Brunch. The social is at 9:30 a.m., and the brunch at 10:30 a.m., both in the Memorial Union. The Class of 1954 will join alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago. A class photo will commemorate this special occasion.
--Oktoberfest, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Frontier Park, South Main Street.
--Campus tours at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. It begins at the registration table in the Memorial Union.
--An open house at Forsyth Library from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., including a display of American pop culture memorabilia. At 12:30 p.m. a Kansas Cosmosphere staff member will give a presentation about the U.S. space program. Refreshments will be served and it is open to all FHSU alumni and friends.
--Alumni and Endowment Awards Reception and Banquet. The social begins at 6 p.m. and the banquet
at 7 p.m., both in the Memorial Union. This is a highlight of every Homecoming weekend and gives recognition to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to society and the university. This year's Alumni Achievement Award recipients are Charles "Chuck" Comeau, class of 1978; Fred Unruh, '41, '47; and Robert Wetzel, '58. Young Alumni Achievement Award recipients are Richard Baier, '91; Dustin Smith, '94; and Gerard Wellbrock, '90. Eli Boucher, '43, is the Nita M. Landrum Award recipient.
--FHSU vs. Fort Lewis Volleyball Match at 7 p.m. in Gross Memorial Coliseum.
--All-Year Volleyball Reunion Social beginning at 9 p.m.. in Victor E. Lounge, Gross Memorial Coliseum. Lady Tigers can visit with former teammates and coaches at a post-game social hosted by the FHSU Athletic Association and current players.
Registration opens at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, and runs until noon.
The first events are the Lewis Field Club Breakfast at 8 a.m. in the Memorial Union and the 5K Run/Walk, which begins at 8 a.m. on the Memorial Union Circle Drive. The walk is open to all ages.
Other special breakfasts include the Nursing Alumni/Friends Breakfast and the All-Greek Reunion Breakfast, both at 8:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union.
Reunion breakfasts for the honored classes of 1954, 1979 and 1977 begin at 8:30 p.m. in Memorial Union.
The class of 1954 will later ride in the Homecoming Parade on a special entry.
Other special events on Saturday are:
--All-Year Volleyball Reunion Coffee from 9-10 a.m. in Memorial Union. Former players and coaches will mingle before riding in the Homecoming Parade.
--Homecoming Parade at 11 a.m. on Main Street, downtown Hays.
--Football, as FHSU takes on the Fort Lewis College Skyhawks. Pre-game ceremonies begin at 1 p.m. with kickoff at 2 p.m., both at Lewis Field Stadium.
--All-Year Volleyball Reunion Reception at 5 p.m. in Victor E. Tiger Lounge, Gross Memorial Coliseum. Attendants can enjoy a light pre-game buffet while viewing volleyball memorabilia.
--Heather Birthday Bash at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union. Radio, TV, media and information networking and telecommunications alumni and friends will celebrate Jack Heather's 80th birthday. Heather is the founder of FHSU's broadcast program.
--Tiger Alumni & Friends Party. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union with the dance at 8 p.m. Tigers will enjoy hors d'oeuvers and conversation with friends before hitting the dance floor. Jimmie Dee and the Fabulous Destinations will play live music. Special seating will be available for reunion classes, All-Year Greek and All-Year Volleyball Reunion groups. Spirits are available.
--Volleyball match as the Lady Tigers take on the Adams State College Grizzlies at 7 p.m. in Gross Memorial Coliseum.
--All-Year Greek Gathering Point at 7 p.m., Memorial Union. Meet fellow Greeks and reminisce while viewing memorabilia.
The FHSU Alumni Association, which sponsors Homecoming, requires advance registration for all events. Call the Alumni Office at (785) 628-4430 or toll free at 1-888-351-3591 or visit www.fhsu.edu/alumni to register for FHSU's 2004 Homecoming.
Other FHSU Homecoming activities are the Theatre Production of Gypsy at 8 p.m. Oct. 8-9, and at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10, in Felten-Start Theatre, Malloy Hall. The production is an American musical based on the memoirs of famous burlesque stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.
The FHSU Sternberg Museum of Natural History, open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, and from 1-7 p.m. on Sunday. The museum features permanent exhibitions of fossils and geology including walk-through dioramas featuring the last age of dinosaurs and the hands-on Discovery Room.
The Greek life Greek Extravaganza will feature different activities for each fraternity and sorority:
--Alpha Gamma Delta. Following the Homecoming Parade at 11 a.m., Oct. 9, AGD will celebrate its 45th anniversary with a barbeque, cake and tours of the house, 409 W. Eigth. All Theta Sigma Upsilon and AGD alumni and current students are invited. For more information, contact Aubrey Hauptman at (785) 628-8177, Kathie Keller at (785) 625-3747 or Lynette Bickley at (785) 625-8265.
-- Delta Zeta Sorority, 410 W. Sixth, will serve hotdogs and host an Open House on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. All alumni, family and friends are invited. For more information, contact Melissa Wiseman at (785) 625-3719 or at email@example.com or Vicki Johansen at (785) 625-2628.
--Kappa Sigma Kappa invites all members of the Phi Delta Chapter of Kappa Sigma Kappa to a fellowship and buffet dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, at the Vagabond Restaurant, Best Western Motel, 2524 Vine. A trolley ride will follow dinner, compliments of KSK alumni Whitney Alpers. For more information, contact Alan Feist by phone at (785) 454-3495 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
--Sigma Alpha Epsilon members are invited to a fellowship at the SAE house, 710 Park St., from 7-9 p.m., Oct. 8. A barbeque on Saturday, Oct. 9, will immediately follow the parade at the SAE house. For more information, contact Steve Vance by phone at (785) 623-1743 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
--Sigma Chi members will host a barbeque at their house, 404 W. Seventh St., on Saturday, Oct. 9, immediately following the Homecoming Parade at 11 a.m. Members are invited to stop by Friday and Saturday to rekindle memories and enjoy good fellowship. For more information, contact Brett Henry at (785) 650-2068.
--Sigma Sigma Sigma alumni and their families are invited to spend Oct. 9 with fellow Tri Sigs. For information about events, e-mail Elizabeth Lovett at firstname.lastname@example.org or Gina Behee at email@example.com.
--Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity members will hold a reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the home of Herb Songer, 2766 Thunderbird Drive.
In conjunction with FHSU's 2004 Homecoming activities Oct. 7-9, other activities will also be available to the public.
Beginning at 11 a.m., Oct. 9, the Humane Society of the High Plains' Adoption Day will showcase animals available for adoption until 3 p.m.
Beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Hays Skate Park, 29th and Grant, will be a skateboard contest, with prizes for the top three skaters in all three divisions. The competition is sponsored by White Chocolate.
The Jarett Lee Worley Memorial Shoot will begin at 1 p.m. both Oct. 9 and 10 at the Skeet Range of Hays, Hays City Sportsmens Club, 5810 230th Ave. The memorial will feature a firing demonstration by John Satterwhite, a nationally renowned trick shooter and three-time NRA international skeet champion. Prior to and after the performances, the public will have a chance to fire some of the shotguns built by Beretta, the sponsoring company. Five shells can be purchased for $1, with no other shells allowed due to liability reasons. Beretta handguns will also be available for use at the pistol range, after the shoot only. Other than cost of shells, the shoot and demonstration are free.
For more information about activities offered in the community, contact the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau by phone at (785) 628-8202 or 1-800-569-4505 or visit the Web site at www.haysusa.net.
Jana Jordan, director of the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau, suggests making lodging reservations early as motels fill up quickly during Homecoming Weekend.