The W's Homecoming celebration set for upcoming weekend

March 18, 2017 11:01:31 PM

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Mississippi University for Women invites alumni, friends and guests to a weekend filled with entertainment and activities for Homecoming festivities Thursday through Sunday, March 23-26. 

 

Homecoming events kick off Thursday at 4 p.m. with the Homecoming Court Presentation in Hogarth Student Center, W Room. 

 

From 5-6:30 p.m., the Dinner Party in the Caf will include food, music and student performances. Tickets are $9 and payable at the door. 

 

The Gordy Honors Forum will feature Jeanie Thompson who will present The Myth of Water: Poems from the Life of Helen Keller at 6 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium, Parkinson Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public. 

 

At 8 p.m., students' work will be showcased by the Department of Music in Kossen Auditorium, Poindexter Hall. This event is free. 

 

 

 

On Friday 

 

Friday's events will start with registration from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby of Welty Hall. 

 

The Gordy Honors College presents Coffee with Student Scholars at 9 a.m. in Parkinson Hall, first floor lobby. There is no charge. 

 

Stroll with the president at the Campus Walk with the President from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Meet at the Old Maid's Gate, College Street entrance. 

 

All alumni and guests are invited to attend the Golden Girls Alumni Lunch honoring the class of 1967. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Pope Banquet Room, Hogarth Dining Center. Tickets for class of 1967 members are free of charge. All others, $15 per person. 

 

At 1:30 p.m., enjoy Reading, Writing, Living with Nancy Lippincott Ashley, class of 1967, for a review of "The Evening Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon" by Brad Stone followed by Jill Rigby Garner, class of 1977, on the principles that are the foundation of everything she writes and "Interior Design of the Heart." This event is free and will be held in Hogarth Student Center. 

 

Celebrate the newly named Summer Hall and juried alumni exhibition at 4:30 p.m. in the former Art & Design Building. A reception, sponsored by the MUWAA Lowndes County Chapter, will follow. This is a free event. 

 

The Long Blue Line Auction and Welcome Dinner is set for 5:30 p.m. in Hogarth Dining Center, second floor. Make a bid while enjoying delicious food with friends. All proceeds benefit the MUWAA Legacy Scholarship. For more information, visit longbluelineauction.com. The auction is free. Dinner is $25. 

 

A Culinary Arts Dessert Reception honoring Those Who Dared will be held at 6:45 p.m. in the Gallery of Shattuck Hall. Cost $10. 

 

Friday evening will culminate with a high-energy musical performance titled The Motown Experience at 8 p.m. in Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall. The performance, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Leslie F. Threadgill Lecture and Artist Series. A ticket is required for the performance. 

 

 

 

Saturday activities 

 

Saturday morning the Stark Recreation 10-Year Reunion W5K will kick off at 7:30 a.m. It's Stark Recreation Center's 10th birthday. Registration details can be found at web3.muw.edu/recreation/specialevents/w5k. 

 

Breakfast at Wesley will be available to interested individuals at 8:30 a.m. at the Wesley Foundation. Breakfast is free. 

 

The Sing and Swing Golf Tournament will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point. The cost is $175 and proceeds will help fund the choir's international tour to Scotland in the summer of 2017. 

 

Watch the classes march at Convocation at 10 a.m. in Rent Auditorium. This event is open to all alumni, students and friends. There also will be presentation of awards and singing of W songs. 

 

At 11:30 a.m., guests are invited to the Pioneer Plaza Ground Breaking between Carrier Chapel and Welty Hall. The outdoor space will honor Those Who Dared. Free and open to the public. 

 

Learn more about athletics at the noon lunch in Hogarth Student Center, W Room. The cost is $15. 

 

Recipients of the MUWAA awards will be honored at a reception at 1:30 p.m. in Fant Library. Free and open to the public. 

 

At 2:30, Kappa Pi's event will include cupcakes and a painting demo in Summer Hall, Room 211. The cost is $15. 

 

The Black Alumni Reunion is slated for 2:30 p.m. on Bryan Green. A yard show featuring current and old NPHC Greeks of The W is scheduled. Free; please register for this event. 

 

There will be a book signing and play by author Michael Farris Smith at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theater of Cromwell. Smith will discuss and sign his book "Desperation Road," which will be followed by a theater student performance of the one-act play based on his award-winning story "Chasing Rabbits." Please register for this free event. 

 

 

 

Sunday conclusion 

 

Festivities will wrap up Sunday with a chapel service at 9 a.m. at Carrier Chapel. As part of the service, there will be a special remembrance of those who have passed since last Homecoming. 

 

Brunch will be served from 10:30 to noon in Hogarth Dining Center. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. The cost is $8. 

 

For more information about Homecoming, please call (662) 329-7148 or visit www.muw.edu.