HAYS, KS -- "Mardi Gras" comes to Fort Hays State University Oct. 4 for the beginning of Homecoming 2001 celebrations, beginning with the Tiger Alumni and Friends Golf Tournament and progressing on to Oktoberfest, football, reunions, banquets, dances and more.
Registration for Thursday's golf tournament, a four-person scramble, begins at 9 a.m. A shotgun start is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Smoky Hill Country Club.
Homecoming begins in earnest on Friday, Oct. 5, with registration starting at 8 a.m. in the Sunset Lounge, Memorial Union, and running until 4:30 p.m.
A new event this year is a 50-year anniversary celebration of the speech pathology programs. At 9 a.m. in Albertson Hall, Dr. Ken Ruder, a 1962 FHSU graduate and one of this year's winners of the Alumni Achievement Award, will speak on "Understanding Insurance Claims from a Speech Pathologist's Perspective." Another event of this celebration will be an open house at the Herndon Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic in Albertson Hall, scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. A TGIF party will begin at the Bijou, 507 W. Seventh, at 5 p.m.
The Induction and Brunch for new members of the Half-Century Club begins with a social at 9:30 a.m. in the Sunset Lounge of the Memorial Union. This year's inductees are members of the Class of 1951.
Oktoberfest begins at 9:30 a.m. in Frontier Park.
The Docking Institute of Public Affairs holds an open house from 10 a.m. until noon in Picken Hall, room 210.
Forsyth Library celebrates its 75th anniversary as a federal document depository with a variety of exhibits and programs, including a display of 1920s automobiles around the library, special displays inside and a presentation on the Roaring '20s, "Decade of Change," which begins at 1 p.m.
Friday night will see three events, the Alumni and Endowment Awards Reception and Banquet, the opening reception for a new art exhibit at the Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art and a theatre production of Little Shop of Horrors.
The awards banquet is a highlight of every Homecoming weekend. This year's Alumni Achievement Award recipients are Jeff Crippen, a 1983 graduate; Eileen Doherty, 1974; Dr. Patrick J. McAtee, 1965; and Dr. Kenneth F. Ruder, 1962. Dr. David Gayle Sprenkel, a 1986 graduate, will be presented with the Young Alumni Award. The Nita M. Landrum Award will be presented to Kerry McQueen, a 1961 graduate, and to the Rev. William C. Miller, a long-time friend and supporter of the university. Retired professor Dr. Eugene Fleharty will be honored with the Distinguished Service Award.
At the Moss-Thorns Gallery, the work of 21 graduates of FHSU's master of fine arts program will be on display. Each person will have three works in the show, with representatives of all media, including painting, sculpture, drawings, graphic design, jewelry, photography and ceramics.
Little Shop of Horrors begins at 8 p.m. in the Felten-Start Theatre in Malloy Hall.
Saturday is a full day of fun. Registration runs from 7 a.m. to noon in the Sunset Lounge, Memorial Union.
The Lewis Field Club breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. in the union's Stouffer Lounge and the 5K Tiger Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m. in the union's circle drive.
Beginning at 8 a.m. is the reunion breakfast reception for the Class of 1951 in the Prairie Room of the union, with the Class of 1961 reunion breakfast reception beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Pioneer Lounge.
Forsyth Library begins another day of activities at 9 a.m. when FHSU President Edward H. Hammond dedicates the Roemer Lobby. An open house follows.
Also new this year is a Football All-Year Reunion, which begins with a pre-parade continental breakfast in the Tiger Club Room of Gross Memorial Coliseum, followed by participation in the parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. After the parade, the Gridiron Club will host a barbecue on the south side of Lewis Field Stadium beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Alumni of the Department of Nursing are invited to an Alumni/Friends Breakfast from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union. Tours of Stroup Hall will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
The Speech Pathology 50-year Anniversary continues with parade viewing from the Ellis County Historical Society, 100 W. Seventh, at 10:30 a.m. and continues with group seating at the Homecoming football game or family tours of local sites, beginning at 1 p.m. An open house at the Geneva Herndon Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, Albertson Hall, begins at 3 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. a social will be in the Stouffer Lounge of Memorial Union. A Volga-German dinner and dance and recognitions begins at 7 p.m. in the Fort Hays Ballroom of the union.
The Homecoming Parade begins at 11 a.m. on Main Street.
At 2 p.m., the FHSU Tigers take on Panhandle State Aggies at Lewis Field Stadium. Tiger Debs and the FHSU Marching Band will perform at half-time, which will also see coronation of Homecoming royalty.
A post-game social begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Smoky Hills Country Club, 3303 Hall. Alumni and friends are invited to join in an informal setting. Special seating will be reserved for reunion classes.
Tiger alumni and friends are also invited to a banquet and dance at the country club, with dinner beginning at 7 p.m. and dancing at 9. The evening includes a special appearance by The Nostalgics, whose music will include hits from the '40s, '50s and '60s. Seating will be reserved for the reunion classes and specialty reunions.
A special reception for ethnic students, alumni and friends begins at 7 p.m. in the Sunset Lounge of Memorial Union.
Theatre also continues on Saturday, with another performance of Little Shop of Horrors at 8 p.m. in Felten-Start Theatre in Malloy Hall. Another performance will be at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in Felten-Start.
Other special events over the Homecoming weekend include FHSU's fraternities and sororities.
Alpha Gamma Delta sorority members, alumnae and friends can watch the Homecoming Parade together from in front of Northwestern Office Suppliers/Hallmark, 800 Main. After the football game, the sorority will hold an open house with tours and refreshments at 409 W. Eighth.
Tri-Sigma Sorority will meet at the sorority house, 403 W. Sixth, for parade viewing with an open house immediately after.
Delta Zeta will have an open house, 410 W. Sixth, from noon until the game starts at 2.
Sigma Chi Fraternity plans a buffet lunch and open house beginning at noon at the chapter house, 404 W. Seventh. After the game, the fraternity will hold a social at the chapter house.