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Bringing the Spirit Home - 2017 Homecoming and Family Weekend - October 20-22

Weekend Schedule

Friday, October 20

5 - 7:30 p.m. 1846 Donor and Alumni Recognition Dinner
McClelland Dining Hall
5 – 6 Cocktail Hour
6 – 7 Dinner
7 – 7:30 Program
Join us as we honor our most generous donors and recognize the accomplishments of your fellow alumni. All are welcome, but reservations are required.
6:30 p.m. Informal Gathering
Bahan's Tavern, 214 North East Street
7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Torch Light Parade & Pep Rally
Various Locations
Join the campus tradition of a torch light procession across campus with students, parents, and alumni. The procession ends at the gymnasium with a pep rally in support of our Homecoming sport teams.
Students and Parents — Meet outside your dorm to wait for the procession to arrive.
Alumni — Meet on Rutledge Lawn.
9:45 p.m. Movie on Freesen Field Big Screen
Freesen Field Bleachers
Following the pep rally, come for a free movie on the big screen.

Saturday, October 21

7 a.m. Registration for Michalson Monster 5K Run/Walk
Hospitality Tent, south of the tennis courts
8 a.m. Michalson Monster 5K Run/Walk
Jenkins Education Complex, east of the baseball field
8 - 11:30 a.m. Baseball Pancake Breakfast
Knights of Columbus, 320 East State Street
For tickets, contact assistant coach John Grana at 217-479-7190 or Athletic Director and Head Coach Justin Fuhler at 217-479-7142.
9 - 10 a.m. President's Reception
Bennington Lobby, Putnam/Springer Building
President Mark Tierno will give an update on the College at 9:30 a.m. All alumni and friends are welcome to attend.
9 - 10 a.m. Art Exhibit — Michael Houser '84
Applebee Art Gallery, Putnam/Springer Building
Exhibit: "A Novel of Thank You"
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Registration
Hospitality Tent, south of the tennis courts
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bookstore Open
Gamble Campus Center
9 a.m. Campus Tours
Front steps of Kathyrn Hall
45-minute guided tour by the admissions office staff ending at the hospitality tent.
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Henry Pfeiffer Library & Annie Merner Chapel Open
10 a.m. Homecoming Parade
Parade map and registration information is available on our parade page.
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Art Exhibit — Michael Houser '84
Applebee Art Gallery, Putnam/Springer Building
Exhibit: "A Novel of Thank You"
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Student Food Booths
South of the tennis courts
A variety of food available for purchase. Support student organizations!
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Activities for Children
Southwest of the tennis courts
Bounce house, face painting, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, hula hoops, and Battle Orbs. Free — Sponsored by Alumni Association Board.
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Donor Recognition — Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar
Fackt Room (2nd Floor), Gamble Campus Center
Contributors to the College during the 2016-17 fiscal year are welcome to join us for a complimentary bloody mary or mimosa.
11:30 a.m. Phi Nu Tea
Rutledge Hall Lounge
11:30 a.m. Meet the Director of Performing Arts Christine Wallace '92 Smith
Hospitality Tent, south of the tennis courts
Meet and greet with Christine at 11:50 a.m, then join her at the soccer field to lead the crowd in the singing of the National Anthem before the women's game.
12 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. Fontbonne University
Soccer Field
12 - 1 p.m. 50th Class Reunion Lunch with the President
President's Home
12 p.m. Campus Tours
Front steps of Kathyrn Hall
45-minute guided tour by the admissions office staff ending at the hospitality tent.
12:30 - 3 p.m. Class Reunion Photos
Henry Pfeiffer Library
Commemorate your reunion with a professional photo taken by Artistic Portraits.
  • 12:30 — class of 1937
  • 12:40 — class of 1942
  • 12:50 — class of 1947
  • 1:00 — class of 1952
  • 1:10 — class of 1957
  • 1:20 — class of 1962
  • 1:30 — class of 1967
  • 1:40 — class of 1972
  • 1:50 — class of 1977
  • 2:00 — class of 1982
  • 2:10 — class of 1987
  • 2:20 — class of 1992
  • 2:30 — class of 1997
  • 2:40 — class of 2002
  • 2:50 — class of 2007
  • 3:00 — class of 2012
12 - 3 p.m. Athletic Teams Selling Concessions
Freesen Field House
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Young Alumni Reunion — Happy Hour
Fackt Room (2nd Floor), Gamble Campus Center
Any alumni who attended MacMurray from 2007 to 2017 are welcome at this free event.
12:30 - 8 p.m. Beer Tent
Franklin School parking lot, across from the football field on Clay Street
Sponsored by Chartwells.
1 p.m. Football vs. Eureka College
Freesen Field
1 - 3 p.m. Second Location for the Bookstore
Freesen Field House, northeast corner
2 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. Fontbonne University
Soccer Field
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 25th Class Reunion — Happy Hour
Fackt Room (2nd Floor), Gamble Campus Center
3 - 4 p.m. Sig Tau Days Event
Franklin School field, across from the football field on Clay Street
Remember those fun Sig Tau Days while a student on campus? Come relive those game-filled days with this free event sponsored by the Alumni Association Board.
3 - 8 p.m. Highlander Block Party
Franklin School parking lot, across from the football field on Clay Street
Bring the spirit home during a fun block party! Various vendors and food trucks will be on campus. Enjoy the live band while you are there!
4 p.m. Blackstock Time Capsule Opening
Franklin School parking lot, across from the football field on Clay Street
Join us for the opening of the Blackstock time capsule created 60 years ago when the new residence hall was dedicated!
4 - 8 p.m. Soul Patrol Band
Franklin School parking lot, across from the football field on Clay Street
Soul Patrol knows how to bring the party with lots of energy and a perfect balance of pop, soul, blues, Motown, and disco.
6 - 8 p.m. Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Thoresen Recital Hall, Putnam/Springer Building
Celebrate the athletic accomplishments of your fellow Highlander teammates. Afterwards, join us in fellowship while enjoying heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks.
6 p.m. or later MacMurray Night at the Bowling Alley
Bowl Inn, 224 North East Street
Head up to the bowling alley for a family-friendly competition. Play 3 or more games and receive free shoe rental for your party when you present your Mac ID.

Sunday, October 22

8 a.m. Belles Lettres Breakfast
Rutledge Hall Lounge
10 - 11 a.m. Worship Service
Annie Merner Chapel
Remember the ceremonies and services you attended in the beautiful and historic Annie Merner Chapel? Here's your opportunity to fold down a chair and relive that experience.
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bookstore Open
Gamble Campus Center
11 a.m. - 1 :30p.m. Scholarship Brunch
McClelland Dining Hall
Join us as we thank our most generous donors who support academic scholarships. Donors will have the opportunity to meet their scholarship recipients. Invitation only.