Plans for Mayville State University’s Homecoming 2015, scheduled for Oct. 16-18, include reunions of all former Mayville State cheerleaders and pom pon girls, as well as the 1990 MSU football team members, coaches, and staff. The 1990 Mayville State football team claimed the title of North Dakota College Athletic Conference Co-Champion, with an 8-1 season record. Not since 1965 had Mayville State boasted as successful a football season. This year marks the 25th anniversary of that championship season.
In addition to these special reunions, the MSU Alumni Association Board has a full slate of activities planned.
Festivities for alumni and friends will begin Friday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. with a pre-Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner social at the Edson and Margaret Larson Alumni and Leadership Center at Mayville State. The 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame and the Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the annual Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner which begins at 6 p.m. at the MSU Campus Center Luckasen Room. This year’s Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are the 1959 baseball team, Darin Everson, Mike Mahlen, Kathy Maltrud, and Robin (Brantl) Torkelson. Ryam Brantl, James Evanson, Lisa (Gylten) Strand, and Tyrone Wacker will be inducted into the Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame. The awards dinner is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased at www.mayvillestate.edu/homecoming prior to Oct. 5, 2015.
A meet and greet social for alumni and friends will kick off homecoming day festivities Saturday, Oct. 17. The social begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Edson and Margaret Larson Alumni and Leadership Center.
The homecoming parade will follow a new route this year. It will begin at the east side of the MSU Campus Center at 10 a.m., head west through campus on Stan Dakken Drive, then turn south on Third Avenue by the Edson and Margaret Larson Alumni and Leadership Center, take a right on Main Street and head west through downtown. The parade will end on Main Street, just north of Island Park. To register an entry in the parade, contact Adam Edwards at 701-788-4822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The theme for this year’s Mayville State homecoming festivities is “A Salute to Our Heroes,” prompted by the dedication of the dedication of the Military Honor Garden on the grounds of the Edson and Margaret Larson Alumni and Leadership Center. The monument and garden are a tribute to the Mayville State alumni and friends who have served or are serving in our country’s Armed Forces. The Military Honor Garden will be dedicated during a program scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. The program will include remarks from project co-chairs Lt. Gen. Emil “Buck” Bedard (ret. USMC) and former Marine Dr. Martin Johnson, patriot music, and more.
The MSU Bookstore will be open after the parade until 1:30 p.m.
The Mayville State Comets will face the University of Jamestown in the homecoming football game. Game time is 2 p.m. at Jerome Berg Field. Homecoming honorees will be recognized at half time.
The grand finale for the day will be an all-alumni homecoming reunion at the Mayville Golf Club. A picnic-style supper will be served beginning at 4 p.m. until the food is gone. All alumni and friends are invited to attend. A special invitation has been extended to former cheerleaders and pom pon girls, as well as the 1990 football team.
A concert by the MSU concert choir and band will top of Homecoming 2015 festivities Sunday, Oct. 18. The concert begins at 2 p.m. in the MSU Classroom Building Auditorium. This year’s inductees into the Performing Arts Hall of Fame will be recognized during intermission of the concert, and they’ll be the guests of honor at a social following the concert. They are Kirk Overmoe, Herb Thomson, Otto Muecke, Beth Aufforth, and C.T. Hanson. All are welcome to attend and join in congratulating these individuals.