Mississippi University for Women alumni, friends and guests are invited to participate in a weekend full of activities planned for Homecoming weekend March 26-29.
“Homecoming is my favorite time of the year. This is not only a great time for our alumni to reconnect with old friends but also to reconnect with the university and learn about The W as it exists today. I encourage all members of The Long Blue Line to come back home.” said Lyndsay Cumberland, director of alumni relations.
Registration is Thursday, March 26 from 1-5 p.m. in Welty Hall, second floor. Dinner Party in the Caf follows from 5-7 p.m. There will be live music, a dance floor, student performances and fried chicken. The cost is $8.75, at the door.
The Nell Peel Wolfe Lecture Series presented by the Ina E. Gordy Honors College features Arsalan Iftikhar at 6 p.m. Thursday evening in Poindexter Hall, Connie Sills Kossen Auditorium. Iftikhar is the author of “Islamic Pacifism” and also was a contributing author to “Taking Back Islam,” winner of the 2003 Wilbur Communications Award for Religion Book of the Year.
A full Friday
Events on Friday, March 27 begin with a Campus Walk with the President at 10 a.m. at the Old Maid’s Gate near the College Street entrance.
Everyone is invited to attend the Golden Girls Alumni Lunch in honor of the class of 1965 at 11:30 a.m. Friday in Pope Banquet Room. The cost is $15 for guests.
A reception showcasing The W’s outreach programs is 3-6 p.m. Friday in The W Room of Hogarth Student Center.
Events continue with the Art Exhibition and Welcome Home Reception featuring alumni artwork from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Eugenia Summer Gallery. Artists featured include Aneesha Baldeosingh ’09, Shirley Boudreax ’11, Cathy Dailey ’90, Jill Hammes ’76, and Jill Shoffiett ’96. Also, be sure to view the exhibition titled “Memories of The W.”
Members of the Pi Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. celebrate its 25-year anniversary with a dinner and entertainment from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Bryan Green Gazebo. All AKA alumni who wish to participate in the step routine must be registered for Homecoming and will report to the Bryan Green Gazebo at 4 p.m.
Make a bid on items in The Long Blue Line Auction from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in a tent next to Poindexter Hall. All proceeds benefit the MUWAA Legacy Scholarship and MUWAA Faculty Award. At the same time, enjoy wine and desserts prepared by The W’s Culinary Arts Institute.
Light up the night as a participant in the Glow 5K Run from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday night. Be sure to wear your favorite glow wear. Registration details are available at web3.muw.edu/recreation/programs/specialevents.
Friday’s events conclude with the Music Faculty and Alumni Performance from 8-10 p.m. in Kossen Auditorium, Poindexter Hall.
Start Saturday morning with breakfast at the Wesley Foundation from 8-10 a.m. The event is open to all alumni, students and friends.
At 10 a.m., watch the classes march, presentation of awards and singing of W songs at Convocation in Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall. The MUW Alumni Association Annual Meeting immediately follows Convocation.
Celebrate the next 50 years of the MUW Foundation with lunch and a presentation on the impact of Foundation scholarships on students’ lives from 12:30-2 p.m. in Pope Banquet Room. The cost is $15.
The 2015 MUWAAA Awards Reception, honoring the latest recipients will be Saturday from 2-3 p.m. at the Legacy Garden, west of Hogarth.
Saturday’s events culminate with the Columbus Choral Society performance of “Chronicles of Blue and Gray” at 8 p.m. in Rent Auditorium. This performance weaves numerous American folk songs, spirituals, rallying and battle cries with tunes and lyrics from the Civil War era. Community members and W students perform along with a full orchestra in conjunction with the 75th annual Spring Pilgrimage in honor of the sesquicentennial of the end of the Civil War. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Sunday’s activities include a 9 a.m. service at Carrier Chapel and 10:30 a.m. brunch in Hogarth Dining Center. Tickets for brunch may be purchased at the door.
For more information about Homecoming, call 662-329-7295 or visit muw.edu.
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