WOW… there are roughly 1,488 hours (about 62 days) until it’s time to celebrate “Our Creative Legacy” during LMU’s annual Homecoming & Alumni Week. It probably seems silly to be looking forward to an event that is still months away, especially since our undergraduate students haven’t even returned to campus yet. But, preparations for a most exciting week have been underway almost since the ending of last year’s event.
As a University Advancement team member, I’m ready for everything to get started. Alumni Services Director Donnie Lipscomb has made some great changes to the schedule and there is a lot of exciting stuff to look forward to. It’s tough to pick out just one enhancement to start with, so I will start at the top with the theme. “Our Creative Legacy” brings us the opportunity to celebrate the many artists, performers and gifted writers that have walked our hallowed halls. And it isn’t limited to English, music and art majors. Anyone who has dabbled in the arts is welcome to submit works for display. There is even a category for children’s art. I for one can’t wait to see “Our Creative Legacy.”
The theme will also be worked into events throughout the weekend, including Saturday’s Reunion Luncheon and Alumni Banquet. Look for fun and arty activities for all at the Reunion Luncheon and the winning entries will be on display during the Alumni Banquet. Check out the upcoming edition of LMU’s Alumnus Magazine for more information on the theme and exhibit/art contest.
Also look for more LMU student involvement at Homecoming this year. A scheduling gaff a year ago set the big event on the same weekend as Fall Break, limiting the amount of student activity on campus. This year that has been corrected and we’ve even added some events just for the students. The week will kick-off with our Railsplitter and Lady Railsplitter soccer teams playing matches on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Tuesday’s men’s soccer game will be followed by a student bonfire in Democrat Hollow and the women’s game will be followed by a huge foam party. If you don’t know what a foam party is, google it or search for it on YouTube, you’ll get the picture quickly. Thursday of Homecoming week will bring the Intramural Flag Football Championship and Friday is capped by Midnight Madness marking the start of the 2011-2012 basketball season. The Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at Midnight Madness!!
A highlight for the alumni could come on Friday when we introduce a new event. The LMU Open House will include campus tours, activities on the quad and a student organization fair. Recreation hot spots across campus will also be open during this time. Curious about LMU’s High Adventure Ropes Course? Want to take a swing at the new driving range? Interested in jumping into memories at the LMU Pool? The LMU Ropes Course, Driving Range and Pool will all be open on Friday afternoon for alumni, friends and family to experience what each has to offer the LMU student experience.
On top of all of that, there are still reunion gatherings, a 5K run, sorority and fraternity events, special dedications, a parade, hall of fame inductions and so much more. Mark October 13-15 on your calendar, check out the complete schedule (http://alumni.lmunet.edu/s/1119/index.aspx?sid=1119&gid=1&pgid=335) and start making your plans to come home today! I can’t wait to see you there.