MISSOULA – The community is invited to join the festivities during the University of Montana’s 2013 Homecoming Week, set for Sept. 29-Oct. 5, with a full schedule of traditional events.
This year’s Homecoming theme – “Up With Montana!” – comes directly from UM’s fight song, penned in 1914, and celebrates both the rich past and rising future of UM.
New this year, UM alumni are invited to join fellow Griz fans at the UMAA-sponsored Alumni Homecoming Tailgate from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in the River Bowl, located between the Adams Center parking lot and the Clark Fork River. Alumni can drop by before the football game to enjoy food, beverages and prize drawings.
Also new this year, all Homecoming Parade entries will line up along Broadway Street, instead of farther north off Higgins Avenue. Parade participants will receive instructions detailing their specific line-up locations before the parade. The Homecoming Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, and travels south on Higgins to University Avenue. This year’s honorary parade marshal is Kim Latrielle, president and CEO of the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce.
Homecoming Week kicks off Sunday, Sept. 29, with music and celebration from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Southgate Mall Clock Court, sponsored by Southgate Mall, Missoula’s 102.5 Mountain FM, Liberty Mutual Insurance, UM and the UM Office of Alumni Relations.
The Homecoming Art Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday in the University Center Atrium.
The public is invited to attend the Homecoming Dinner at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Food Zoo in the Lommasson Center. The cost is $7.45 per person.
The 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be honored at an awards program and reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the UC Ballroom. The 2013 recipients are Dorothy Bridges, George Dennison, Jim Messina, Milton Parsons and Yoko Takeuchi.
The All-Alumni Social and Dance begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Downtown. The Alumni Jazz Band will provide music from 7 to 9 p.m., the UM Marching Band will perform between 9 and 9:30 p.m. and Rob Quist and Great Northern will play from 10 p.m. to midnight, while the Alumni Jazz Band moves to Brooks and Browns, adjacent to the atrium. Admission is free and open to the public.
The Yell Night Pep Rally gets underway at 8 p.m. Friday on the UM Oval, with the lighting of the M at dusk. Join Montana Grizzlies head football coach Mick Delaney and other coaches, players, cheerleaders, the UM Marching Band and Monte around the bonfire and enjoy the fireworks display.
The sixth annual Homecoming Hustle 5K race starts at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Higgins and Broadway, just before the Homecoming Parade.
The Montana Grizzlies take on the Portland State Vikings at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the annual Homecoming football game in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
For a complete schedule of Homecoming events, call the UM Office of Alumni Relations and Alumni Association at 406-243-5211 or visit http://www.grizalum.com.
Western Montana, Dailies