MISSOULA – The community is invited to join the festivities at the University of Montana’s 2014 Homecoming Week, set for Sept. 21-27 with a full schedule of traditional events.
This year’s Homecoming theme – “Montana is Griz Territory” – commemorates the establishment of Montana Territory 150 years ago and celebrates Grizzly pride throughout the state.
Homecoming Week kicks off from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Southgate Mall Clock Court with appearances by the UM Marching Band drum line, cheerleaders, dance team and Monte. The Kickoff Celebration and other Homecoming events are sponsored by Southgate Mall, Missoula’s 102.5 Mountain FM, Liberty Mutual Insurance, the Holiday Inn Downtown, the University and the UM Office of Alumni Relations.
The Homecoming Art Fair runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 25-26, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 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 $7.53 per person.
The 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be honored at an awards program and reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in the UC Ballroom. The 2014 recipients are Charles Hood, Denise Juneau, Elizabeth Vinson Kohlstaedt, Jim Murray and Eric Sprunk.
The All-Alumni Social and Dance begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Downtown. Music will be provided by the Alumni Jazz Band from 7 to 9 p.m., with a break to see the UM Marching Band perform between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Three-Eared Dog will play from 10 p.m. to midnight, while the Alumni Jazz Band moves to Brooks and Brown Bar and Grill at 200 S. Pattee St. The event 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 head football coach Mick Delaney, Grizzly cheerleaders, the UM Marching Band and Monte for a bonfire, Singing on the Steps and a fireworks display.
The seventh annual Homecoming Hustle 5K race starts at 9:55 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the intersection of Higgins and Broadway downtown just before the Homecoming Parade.
The annual Homecoming Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and travels south on Higgins to University Avenue. Parade applications may be submitted online at http://www.grizalum.com until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. This year’s honorary parade marshal is Sally Mauk, former news director of Montana Public Radio.
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 in the River Bowl, on the east side of parking lot M and near the Vren Street footbridge. Drop by before the football game to enjoy food, beverages and prize drawings.
The Montana Grizzlies take on the Northern Colorado Bears 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.