Fort Hays State University's Alumni Association will celebrate the University's "Homecoming Heroes" from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1.
This year's events includes a golf tournament, a football game, a parade, specialty reunions, banquets, honored classes, exhibitions, a theatre production and a dance.
Featured classes this year are 1946, 1956 and 1966. Former football players will be recognized, and the Student Alumni Association will hold its first-ever reunion.
Activities kick off at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, with the Tiger Alumni and Friends Golf Tournament at the Smoky Hill Country Club, 3303 Hall.
Homecoming registration in the Memorial Union is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning Friday, Sept. 29. All tickets must be picked up at the registration desk. Special events are planned throughout the day:
-- Campus Tour, 10 a.m., beginning from the Memorial Union.
-- Forsyth Library Open House, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-- Oktoberfest, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Frontier Park, South Main Street. Eat, drink and celebrate Ellis County's Volga German heritage.
-- Half-Century Club Social, Induction and Brunch. The social is at 11 a.m. in the Sunset Lounge, and the induction and brunch is at noon in the Black and Gold Room, both located in the Memorial Union.
-- Library Special Program, 1:45 p.m., Forsyth Library.
-- Campus Tour, 2 p.m., beginning from the Memorial Union.
-- Alumni Association 90th Birthday Celebration, 3 p.m., Dreiling Lobby, Sheridan Hall.
-- Special viewing of football practice, 4 p.m., Lewis Field Stadium.
-- Class Reunion Social and Dinner, 6 to 8 p.m., Black and Gold Room, Memorial Union.
-- Student Alumni Association Reunion Social and Dinner, 6 to 8 p.m., Cody Commons Room, Memorial Union.
-- Alumni and Endowment Awards Reception and Banquet, beginning with a reception at 6 p.m., Fort Hays Ballroom, Memorial Union. The banquet will begin at 7 p.m.
-- All-Year Football Reunion Social, 7 p.m., Stadium Club, Holiday Inn, 3603 Vine.
-- Art exhibit: "Homecoming Alumni Exhibition," 7 to 9 p.m., Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, Rarick Hall, room 102.
-- Theatre production: "Kiss Me Kate," 8 p.m., Felten-Start Theatre, Malloy Hall.
Homecoming registration opens at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, and runs until noon in the Sunset Lounge of Memorial Union.
Events on Saturday:
-- 5K Run/Walk, beginning at 8 a.m., the driveway of the President's Home, 7 College Dr. The walk is open to all ages.
-- All-Year Football Reunion Coffee and Lewis Field tours, 8 to 9 a.m., meeting on the east side of Lewis Field Stadium.
-- Tiger Breakfast and Lewis Field Club Breakfast, 8:30 a.m., Fort Hays Ballroom, Memorial Union.
-- College of Business and Leadership Open House, 9 to 10:30 a.m., McCartney Hall.
-- Homecoming Parade, 10:30 a.m., downtown Hays, Main Street.
-- Tiger Friends and Family Picnic, 11:30 a.m. on the east side of Lewis Field Stadium.
-- K.I.D.S. Reunion Open House, 12:30 p.m., Tiger Tots Nurtury Center, Rarick Hall.
-- Pre-game ceremonies, 1 p.m., Lewis Field Stadium.
-- Football game, FHSU vs. Central Missouri State University, 2 p.m., Lewis Field Stadium.
-- Information Networking and Telecommunications Alumni Open House, 5 p.m., Heather Hall.
-- "Homecoming Heroes" Post-Game Social, 5:30 p.m., Smoky Hill Country Club.
-- Homecoming Heroes Party, Banquet and Dance, 7 p.m., Smoky Hill Country Club.
-- Theatre production: "Kiss Me, Kate," 8 p.m., Felten-Start Theatre, Malloy Hall.
On Sunday, Oct. 1, "Kiss Me, Kate" will be performed at 2:30 p.m. in Felten-Start Theatre.
For more information about homecoming activities or to pre-register and order tickets early, call the Alumni Association at (785) 628-4430 or 1-888-351-3591, visit the Alumni Association Web site at www.fhsu.edu/alumni, or contact the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau at (785) 628-8202 or 1-800-569-4505 or visit the Web site at www.haysusa.net.
The FHSU Alumni Association, established in 1916, exists to develop positive, life-long relationships between the university and its alumni, faculty, friends, staff and students.