Celebrate homecoming all week long
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 10:00 AM
Colorado Mesa University celebrates its 90th anniversary this year and will celebrate that milestone during its homecoming week, Oct. 12–17. Playing off the anniversary, this year’s theme is “Back to the ‘90s.” Every day is packed with events for students, alumni and community members.
The biggest events take place on Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17. At 5pm on Friday, Student Life will host a carnival on the Plaza. There will be a live performance by modern pop band Judah and the Lion, as well as games, food trucks and information booths sponsored by student clubs and organizations. The event is free and family-friendly.
At 8pm, CMU’s marching band, the Maverick Stampede will perform, followed by the lighting of the bonfire. Attendees will be able to roast marshmallows for s’mores. There will also be a beer garden for those age 21 and older.
Saturday’s festivities kick off at 11:45am with a homecoming parade down Main Street in Grand Junction. Revelers can enjoy another CMU homecoming signature event — the annual all-you-can-eat Steak and Crab Fest, held next door to Stocker in Lincoln Park from 11am to 3pm. The $60 ticket also includes unlimited beer. (Hotdogs and soda are available for kids ages 5 and under for $5.) After lunch, attendees can head to nearby Stocker Stadium for the homecoming football game starting at 1pm. The Mavericks take on Western New Mexico University.
This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners Ed Forsman and Mark Martinez, Distinguished Faculty Award winner Gayla Jo Slauson and Hall of Honor inductees Beau Smith and Walter White will be honored during the football game’s halftime ceremonies.
Additional homecoming week activities include caramel apple making on Oct. 12 and foam finger painting on Oct. 14 in the the University Center. On Oct. 15, the CMU community will celebrate Rowdy the mascot’s birthday. The party will include games, giveaways and opportunities to take a photo with Rowdy.
Mentalist Christopher Carter will mess with minds on Oct. 14, when he performs mind reading and other mental tricks, from 6 to 9pm in the University Center Ballroom. “It’s a really cool show,” said Mitch Karstens, director of Student Life. “We brought him here once before, and I saw him at a national conference — he can bend stuff with his mind.”
The week also includes a decorating competition between campus departments to see who best displays school spirit. Judges will choose the winner on Oct. 14. The best-decorated group will receive a pizza party and possession of a miniature bronze maverick — a trophy that is passed among winners from year to year, said Rebecca McKenna, director of alumni relations.
Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations