Homecoming 2020 Full Schedule


7:30 – 10:00 a.m. O.W.L.S. Breakfast
As a kickoff to Homecoming, all faculty and staff are invited to a complimentary breakfast. Enjoy food, fellowship and the connections that truly make The W a special place for everyone. (Free; sign-in at entrance)
Cafeteria, Hogarth Dining Center

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Registration
Second Floor, Welty Hall

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Spring Fling for Graduating Seniors Hosted by the MUW Alumni Association
Join alumni and graduating seniors for dinner, games, music, and an opportunity to meet soon-to-be members of the Long Blue Line! (Tickets for alumni are $15.00 per person. Tickets for graduating seniors are free.)
Stark Recreation Center Backyard

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Nell Peel Wolfe Lecture Series
Hear Harriet Pollack, president of the Eudora Welty Society; author of Eudora Welty’s Fiction and Photography: The Body of the Other Woman; editor of the new book series Critical Perspectives on Eudora Welty (University Press of Mississippi), including the first book in the series, New Essays on Eudora Welty, Class, and Race; and editor or co-editor of four other volumes, including Eudora Welty and Politics: Did the Writer Crusade? and Emmett Till in Literary Memory and Imagination. Barnes & Noble will offer her books for sale in the Hogarth Student Center and at the event. Presented by the Ina E. Gordy Honors College. (Free and open to the public)
Nissan Auditorium, Parkinson Hall

6:30 p.m. Interclub March
Come and watch the Parade of 2-year Social Clubs! (Free and open to the public)
Meet at Hogarth Dining Center. Cafeteria Entrance

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Cocktails & Dessert - Homecoming Happy Hour *ticketed event
Start your fun-filled weekend early by catching up with old friends. All alumni are invited to enjoy dessert and cocktails during this "Happy Hour" event hosted by the LGBTQ+ alumni of The W. Members of the student group, Queer Space, will be in attendance to network with alumni.

($15 per person)
Limbert Assembly Room, Cochran Hall


8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration
Second Floor, Welty Hall

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. MUW Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting
Rose Room, Cochran Hall

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Breakfast for Library Science Alumni
Join MUW’s dean of the library for an update and Q&A on the cutting-edge advancements and future directions of Fant Memorial Library. (Free; please register for this event.)
Conference Room B, Fant Library

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Walk with the President and Coffee with Student Scholars (Co-sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Gordy Honors College)
Enjoy a campus tour led by President Nora Miller. Finishing the tour at Fant Memorial Library, we will enjoy pastries and a talk with current students about their research projects. Shuttles will be available. (Free; please register for this event.)
Meet at the Old Maid’s Gate, College Street Entrance

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Golden Girls Alumni Lunch
Everyone is invited to attend this lunch honoring the Class of 1970. (Tickets for Class of 1970 members are free of charge. All others: $15 per person)
Pope Banquet Room, Hogarth Dining Center

1:30 p.m. Campus Tour Led by Admissions
Get a tour and update on the beautiful campus! Shuttles will run from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Free; please register for this event.)
Second Floor, Welty Hall

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Remembering Personal Appearance Class with Barbara Black Travis, ’70, and Grayce Hicks
A trip down memory lane with a fun-filled, interactive “Personal Appearance” class just as it was presented in the 60s and 70s by Grayce Hicks but with an entertaining new twist. Barbara taught at MUW and later at Delta State where her work with students was featured in local, regional, and national magazines, The Los Angeles Times, and NBC’s Today Show. If you are an alumna of the era, you have many memories of Mrs. Hicks and her legendary class. (Free and open to the public)
Kossen Auditorium, Poindexter Hall

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. MUW Social Organization Alumni Council (SOAC) Representatives Business Meeting
Council representatives/proxies are required to attend. The business meeting is open to general SOAC members, social organization students, and university faculty and staff.
Tiered Classroom, Fant Library

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Art Exhibitions and Welcome Home Reception
Exhibitions on display are Nancy Cheairs: pathways; Threads: An Exploration of Fiber Art; and The Art of Food: a collaboration between the Department of Art and Design and the Culinary Arts Institute. Refreshments provided by the MUWAA Lowndes County Chapter and MUW Culinary Arts Institute. (Free; please register for this event.)
MUW Galleries, Summer Hall

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Bridget Smith Pieschel Retirement and Papers Dedication
Please join Fant Memorial Library and MUW Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy to celebrate the illustrious career of Bridget Smith Pieschel and the dedication of the Ellard-Murphree-Pilgreen-Smith Family Papers. This exciting collection spans the 20th century and three generations of W alumni, including 4000 letters and 90 journals currently being digitized and added to the new online repository, Athena Commons. Program will start at 5:15 p.m. (Free; please register for this event.)
Kossen Auditorium, Poindexter Hall

6:00 p.m. Long Blue Line Auction & Welcome Dinner
Make a bid while enjoying delicious food with friends! All proceeds benefit MUWAA student scholarships and faculty grants. Music provided by the MUW Jazz Ensemble. (Auction is free; $25 per person for dinner)
Tent Outside Shattuck Hall: Dinner and Entertainment Shattuck Hall: Auction

8:00 p.m. “Parting Shots”
A new play by Debby H. Gray, an MUW student enrolled in the Creative Writing MFA Program. The show will be directed and performed by students of the MUW Theatre Department. There will be a brief Q&A afterwards with Playwriting Professor and MFA Thesis Advisor Kris Lee. (Free; please register for this event.)
Second Stage Theatre, Cromwell Communications Center


8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration
Second Floor, Welty Hall

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Breakfast at Wesley
Wesley Foundation

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Class Photos for Reunion Classes
Front Campus

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Convocation & MUWAA Annual Meeting
See the classes march, the presentation of awards, and sing MUW songs. Also, the MUWAA will update you on their accomplishments during the past year. (Free and open to the public)
Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall

12:00 p.m. Owls Tailgate Lunch and Softball Seating Dedication
Join fellow alumni, friends, parents, and fans for a pre-game tailgate lunch! Stay for the unveiling of seating honoring Dr. Cheryl Brewer, ’81, and support our Owls softball team as they take on Rust College at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided by the MUW Culinary Arts Institute. Also, there will be fun tailgate games provided by Campus Recreation. ($15 per person)
Don Usher Field

12:00 p.m. Alpha Kappa Alpha Luncheon Reception
Join AKA sorority members as they celebrate their 30th anniversary and charter members with a luncheon reception. ($25 per person)
Third Floor Board Room, Welty Hall

12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Homecoming Novelty Event
Get your W memento from Homecoming 2020! (Free; one item per person)
Atrium, Welty Hall

1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Student Organization Reunions
(Locations and times provided at Registration!)

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Black Alumni Reunion
Join us as we celebrate black excellence at The W! We will have special guests to create unforgettable memories. There will be food, fun, and fellowship! (Free; please register for this event.)
Tent Next to Bryan Green Gazebo

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Reunion
Join us as we celebrate Turner Hall, the new building for Speech-Language Pathology students! (Free; please register for this event.)
1st Floor Atrium, Turner Hall

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Open House with the President
Visit the President’s Home and enjoy light refreshments with President Nora Miller. (Free; please register for this event.)
President’s Home

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. History, Political Science, and Geography Alumni Afternoon Tea 
Join us for afternoon tea where you can connect and reconnect with HPG faculty, students, and alumni. Learn more about student research and the exciting work that lies ahead. You are welcome to come and go as you have time.
Room 114, Painter Hall

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. MUWAA Awards Reception
Celebrate our 2020 MUW Alumni Association Award recipients. (Free and open to the public)
Atrium, Fant Library

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Class of 1970 Reunion Dinner
Class of 1970 members are invited to attend. ($25 per person)
Brigham Dining Room, Hogarth Dining Center

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Ginkgo Gathering
A dinner for all classes to enjoy as we honor of the Classes of 2015, 2010, 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, 1985, 1980, 1975, 1965, 1960, 1955, 1950, and 1945 with an evening of great food, great friends, and music! ($25 per person)
Pope Banquet Room, Hogarth Dining Center

7:30 p.m. Department of Music Student Showcase
Enjoy a performance by students in the Department of Music. (Free and open to the public)
Kossen Auditorium, Poindexter Hall

8:00 p.m. Black Alumni Reception
Join us as we celebrate black alumni! There will be food, live music, and fellowship! ($35 per person)
Limbert Assembly Room, Cochran Hall


9:30 a.m. Sunday Chapel Service
End the Homecoming weekend with a chapel service led by members of the Class of 1970. Elizabeth (Libba) Fairleigh will deliver the message, and Cherry Watkins Dunn will provide music. There will be a special remembrance of those we have lost since last Homecoming.
Carrier Chapel

* The Subway Lounge is reserved for the Class of 1970 all weekend.
* The Starbucks Lounge is reserved for the SOAC Hospitality Suite that is open to all alumni of social and Greek organizations.

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