The public is invited to take part in a campus tour and tours of the new and improved Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) facility during Mayville State University homecoming festivities on Saturday, Oct. 8. The campus tour will leave from the front of Old Main at 1 p.m., and tours of the HPER will also begin at 1 p.m. Those who are interested in seeing the HPER facility should meet at the front of the Lewy Lee Fieldhouse.
The Mayville State University campus has recently undergone a big transformation. Athletic facilities have been extensively updated, and the largest residence hall on campus has been renovated to provide apartment- and suite-style living accommodations. The science and library buildings have been updated, and an addition to the library and science buildings has become home to the Division of Education & Psychology. A drainage project is remedying campus-wide water issues, while providing a nice entrance to Mayville State’s athletic complexes. A Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) expansion project completed in March of 2016 is providing new classroom, laboratory, and office space for the HPER division.
Another highlight of the Saturday homecoming plans will be a ceremony of remembrance at the Military Honor Garden, located on the south lawn of the Edson and Margaret Larson Alumni and Leadership Center at Mayville State. The program will begin at 12 noon on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Honor Garden. The program will include the reading of the names of each of the individuals who have been honored by their loved ones in this tribute to those who have served in the military. Everyone is welcome to attend the program. Those attending are asked to bring a lawn chair if they wish to sit during the program. The Mayville State University Alumni Association board will be serving chili following the ceremony of remembrance. Freewill donations to help defray expenses associated with the meal will be accepted.
A full slate of activities is planned for Mayville State’s Homecoming 2016. Festivities will begin Friday, Oct. 7 with a social at the Edson and Margaret Larson Alumni and Leadership Center from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The Athletic Hall of Fame and Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame Dinner will follow, at 6 p.m., in the MSU Campus Center Luckasen Room. Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are the 1995-96 and 1996-97 men’s basketball teams, former Mayville State men’s basketball coach Tim Miles, Andee (Burris) Thompson, Randy Capouch, and Herb Hasz. Rick Anderson, Mike Belseth, Ryam Brantl, Gary Gillis, Rick Metcalf, and Chad Omdahl will be recognized as Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame inductees. A social for alumni and friends will be held at the Mayville Golf Club following the banquet.
In addition to the ceremony of remembrance at the Military Honor Garden and campus and HPER facility tours, Saturday, Oct. 8 festivities include a morning meet and greet at the Larson Alumni Center from 9 to 11 a.m. This is also a gathering place for a reunion of former Mayville State homecoming queens and kings. The homecoming parade begins at 11 a.m. at Island Park and will make its way through town, ending at Mayville State’s Jerome Berg Field. The Comets will face Valley City State University in the homecoming football game. It begins at 2 p.m. at Jerome Berg Field. The grand finale for the day will be an all-alumni homecoming reunion, including a gathering of former Mayville State homecoming queens and kings, at the Mayville Golf Club. A picnic-style supper will be served from 4 to 7 p.m., or until the food is gone. Freewill donations will be accepted to help defray costs associated with the meal. Socializing will continue until 9 p.m.
Homecoming 2016 will wrap up with the traditional MSU music department homecoming concert which begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 in the MSU Classroom Building Auditorium. The 2016 Performing Arts Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized during intermission. They Patti Baker, Cordell Bugbee, Donna Severson Evenson (deceased), Janet Klevberg Day, Robert Hetler, Larry Pladson, and R. Craig Sheppard. A reception to honor these folks will be held in the MSU Campus Center Luckasen Room immediately following the concert.