SMSU ‘Mustangs Unite’ Homecoming is Oct. 7-13

Mustang alumni will converge on Marshall for Homecoming 2019 at Southwest Minnesota State University, which will be Oct. 7-13 with a theme of “Mustangs Unite.”

Many student-centered events take place during the week, including the Chartwells Stampede Feed on Oct. 7; Candidates’ Night, featuring hypnotist Freddie Justice, on Oct. 8; Mustangs Got Talent on Oct. 9; and Coronation and Take 2 Improv on Oct. 10.

The SMSU Planetarium will host two shows, a Beatles-inspired laser light show on Oct. 11, and a planetarium star show, “The Eagle Has Landed: A Trip to the Moon,” on Oct. 12.

Alumni Association Awards will be presented to five individuals at a noon luncheon Friday, Oct. 11 in the Conference Center Ballroom. Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented to Phyllis (Ostergaard) Hitchcock, a 1977 alumna who taught for 40 years in the Centennial (Minn.) School District; Brian Luke, a 1975 alumnus now in his 45th year as the boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving teams coach at Stillwater (Minn.) High School; and Kristi Mukomela, a 1980 alumna and the president and CEO of Novation Credit Union, based in the Twin Cities. The Honorary Membership Award will be presented to Karen Sweetland, an avid SMSU supporter and the wife of the late SMSU President Doug Sweetland. The Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award will be presented to Megan Seppmann, vice president of sales for the Wisconsin Center District, Milwaukee’s premiere event campus.

The University Gala will take place on Oct. 11. This annual fundraiser has raised over $900,000 to date, and supports scholarships and programs at SMSU. It has funded 1,450 student scholarships over the years.

There will be several athletic events on Homecoming Day, Oct. 12. The SMSU women’s swimming and diving team will take on Iowa Lakes Community College at 1 p.m., the first competition for the team since it was announced as a new Mustang sport a year ago. The football homecoming game begins at 3 p.m. against Bemidji State.

The Lions Club Pancake Feed will kick off Homecoming Day at 7 a.m. at the Fire Hall. The Veterans Club will host the Legacy Homecoming 5K/10K Run at 8 a.m., with registration at 7:30 a.m.

The annual homecoming parade will run its usual route down Main Street starting at 11 a.m.

A complete list of events:

Monday, Oct. 7

8 a.m.

Donut Drop, sponsored by STAT

Bellows Commons

5-7 p.m.

Stampede Feed, sponsored by Chartwells

Alumni Plaza

Tuesday, Oct. 8

King & Queen voting opens

10:45 a.m.

How to Avoid and Survive Violence

Conference Center Upper Ballroom

2-4:30 p.m.

Amazing Race

Entrance of the Student Center

Sponsored by Residence Life

8 p.m.

Candidates Night; Hypnotist Freddie Justice

PE Gym

Wednesday, Oct. 9

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Mustangs Got Talent! (Tryouts)

Conference Center Upper Ballroom

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

American Red Cross blood drive

Conference Center Lower Ballroom

7 p.m.

Mustangs Got Talent!

Conference Center Upper Ballroom

Thursday, Oct. 10

9 a.m.-noon

Residence Hall spirit decorating judging

Office and door decorating judging

5-7 p.m.

VIP Night at the Campus Book Store

Student Center Book Store

6:30 p.m.

Social & coronation

Conference Center Lower Ballroom

8:30 p.m.

Take 2 Improv

Black Box Theatre

Friday, Oct. 11

Brown and Gold Spirit Day

9 a.m.

Foundation Board meeting

Conference Center Lower Ballroom

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Mustang Mentorship Program Meet & Greet

Center for Civic & Community Engagement (BA 161)


Alumni Awards luncheon

Conference Center Upper Ballroom

2:30 p.m.

Alumni Board meeting

Student Center

6 p.m.

University Gala

R/A Facility

8-9 p.m.

Laser Light Show (“The Beatles — Abbey Road”)

SMSU Planetarium

9 p.m.-midnight

Bonfire — Sponsored by STAT & Residence Life

Central Field

Saturday, Oct. 12

Homecoming Day

7-10:30 a.m.

Lions Club pancake feed

Fire Hall

Legacy Homecoming Run 5K/10K

7:30 a.m. Registration

8 a.m. Race begins

Sponsored by the Veterans Club

Social Science parking lot

7:30 a.m.-noon

Farmers market

Parking lot between YMCA & Schwan’s

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fall Craft & Vendor Show

Marshall Middle School cafeteria

10 a.m.

Parade lineup

East Lyon/Jewett streets checkpoint

10:45 a.m.

Alumni parade hospitality tent

Featuring breakfast paninos

Memorial Park, Corner of Main Street and E. College Dr.

11 a.m.

Homecoming parade

Lyon Street to Main Street to 5th Street

Noon-1 p.m.

Swimming social


1-2 p.m.

Planetarium star show (“The Eagle Has Landed — A Trip to the Moon”)

SMSU Planetarium

1 p.m.

Swim meet — Iowa Lakes Community College


1 p.m.

Homecoming Tailgate

Family Fun Fest

RA parking lot

1:30 p.m.

University tours

Founders Hall

2:45 p.m.

The Parade of Flags

The Schwan Regional Event Center

3 p.m.

SMSU Football vs. Bemidji State

The Schwan Regional Event Center

6 p.m.-midnight

Mustang Pub Crawl

Downtown Marshall

9 p.m.

Dueling Pianos

Bello Cucina

Sunday, Oct. 13

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Alumni brunch

Campus Restaurant


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