HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University's Homecoming 2000 includes many new events organized around the theme "Something to Roar About."
Special events this year includes an open house at Forsyth Library, a swim team reunion and a Diamond Rio concert.
Tiger Alumni and Friends will kick off the events with a golf tournament on Thursday, Sept. 28. Registration for the tournament will start at 10 a.m. at the Smoky Hill Country Club. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. Following registration and lunch the tournament takes off in a shotgun start.
A special Encore presentation will be held in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center the evening of Sept. 28. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform at 8 p.m. Reserve tickets are available after Sept. 21 through the Memorial Union at (785) 628-5308.
Registration for alumni and friends, especially the classes of 1950, 1960, 1970, 1975, 1980 and 1990, will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, in the Memorial Union's Sunset Lounge.
The Half-Century Club Induction and Brunch will begin with a social on Friday, Sept. 29, at 9:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union's Black and Gold Ballroom. This event will conclude with a World War II presentation and library tour at 1 p.m. The Half-Century Club includes retired faculty, friends and alumni who graduated from FHSU more than 50 years ago.
Honor the Volga-German heritage between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Frontier Park, South Main Street, with the annual Oktoberfest celebration.
The Docking Institute of Public Affairs will have an open house from 10 a.m. to noon in Picken Hall, room 210.
Forsyth Library Open House is one of the new events this year. It begins at 1 p.m.
Another addition to this year's line up includes the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Academy. There will be discussions at many points on campus featuring the Departments of Art, Communication, Geosciences and Philosophy beginning at 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29. For more information, contact Dr. Paul Faber at (785) 628-4234.
The Alumni and Endowment Awards Reception and Banquet will take place Friday evening, beginning with a reception at 6 p.m. in the Sunset Lounge at the Memorial Union. Following the reception will be a banquet in the Memorial Union's Fort Hays Ballroom beginning at 7 p.m.
Another new event this year is the University Leader and Reveille Reunion. An informal dinner following Oktoberfest will be held at 6 p.m. at T-Bone's Sports Bar & Grill, 113 Centennial Center.
An art exhibit in the Moss-Thorns Gallery in Rarick Hall will open at 7 p.m. This exhibit will feature artwork by FHSU Professor Emeritus Frank Nichols. There is no charge for viewing this exhibit.
The FHSU theatre production of Into the Woods will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Felten-Start Theatre in Malloy Hall. This production will also be shown at 7:30 p.m. Sept 30 and Oct. 1.
Events on Saturday, Sept. 30, include the traditional breakfast for Lewis Field Club members at 7:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union's Stouffer Lounge.
Participants in the 5K Tiger Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. (walkers) and 8:05 a.m. (runners) at the Memorial Union Circle Drive. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers.
The class of 1950 will have a Reunion Breakfast Reception at 8 a.m. in the Prairie Room at the Memorial Union.
The class of 1960 will also be having a Reunion Breakfast Reception at 8:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union's Pioneer Lounge.
Newly renovated Albertson Hall will be re-dedicated at 9 a.m. outside the north doors of Albertson. The "Toiling Fell" plaque will also be re-dedicated at this time.
The Swim Team Reunion is another new event in this year's celebration. A continental breakfast will be held at 8:30 a.m. in Gross Memorial Coliseum's Tiger Room. Immediately following there will be a tour of the coliseum. At 11 a.m. the team will ride in the Homecoming parade, downtown Hays. Following the parade will be a luncheon in the Memorial Union's Stouffer Lounge. Participation in the Homecoming game activities will begin at 1 p.m. at Lewis Field.
The University Leader and Reveille Reunion will begin between 8 and 9 a.m. in Martin Allen and Picken Halls, followed by a brunch in the Memorial Union's Black and Gold Ballroom.
The Department of Nursing Alumni and Friends are invited to a brunch at 9 a.m. in the Trails Room of the Memorial Union, immediately followed by a tour of Stroup Hall. For more information, contact Elaine Diehl at (785) 628-4498.
The annual Homecoming parade will begin at 11 a.m. and travel through downtown Hays.
An all-agriculture reunion and tailgate party will take place beginning at noon near Lewis Field Stadium. Contact the Agriculture Department office at (785) 628-4196 for further information.
Pre-game ceremonies for the football game against Fort Lewis College will begin at 1 p.m. in Lewis Field Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. The game's half-time show will include the marching band and the coronation of the Homecoming Royalty.
All alumni and friends are invited to the all new After-Game Social. Come listen to festive music and visit with old friends at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 3603 Vine.
Tiger Alumni and Friends Banquet and Dance is another addition to the Homecoming festivities. The dinner will start at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 3603 Vine, followed by a dance at 9 p.m.
Ethnic students, alumni and friends are encouraged to attend the eighth annual Ethnic Reception from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union's Sunset Lounge. For more information contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (785) 628-4474.
An all-new Homecoming concert will be on the stage at Gross Memorial Coliseum. Nationally recognized superstars Diamond Rio will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. Gates open at 6 p.m.
On Sunday, Oct. 1, the Protestant Campus Center, 507 Elm, will celebrate the memorial chapel's 40th anniversary with an open house beginning at 11 a.m.
Several Greek Organizations will host events throughout the weekend. A reunion is planned for the Delta Sigma Phi brothers. For more information, contact Randy Kilbourne at (580) 327-2938 or Roy Brungardt at (785) 628-8238.
The Sigma Chi fraternity will also hold a reunion with events beginning Friday evening with a dinner at 7 p.m. at the chapter house, 407 W. Seventh St. They will host a post-game social at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the chapter house. To finish up the weekend the fraternity will hold a ritual meeting, time to be announced. For more information, contact Chris Meiers at (785) 625-3405 or view their web site at http://www.fhsu.edu/greek/sigchi/schp.html.
A parade viewing for the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday in front of Northwestern Office Suppliers, 800 Main. An open house will follow the game at the chapter house, 409 W. Eighth Street.
The Tri Sigma sorority will meet at the chapter house, 403 W. Sixth Street, for a parade viewing at 11 a.m. An open house will follow the parade. For more information, contact Penny Lamb at (785) 625-6186.
A Delta Zeta sorority open house begins at noon on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 410 W. Sixth Street.
The Panhellenic and Inter-Fraternity Council will host a pre-game tailgate party at Lewis Field Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 30. For more information, contact Courtney Paulsen at the Student Affairs Office at (785) 628-5824.
In addition to the many events at the college there are numerous events and happenings around Hays.
The Moving Wall, a Vietnam veterans memorial, will be available for viewing from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1. The wall is located at the American Legion, 13th and Canterbury. For more information call (785) 625-3813.
The Sternberg Museum of Natural History will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday and Monday.