CMU celebrates Homecoming 2016

Grand Junction – Colorado Mesa University will kick-off a week full of activities for students and alumni on Sunday, Oct. 15, as it celebrates Homecoming 2015, presented by Bank of the West.

Homecoming is a time when alumni, students, friends, faculty and staff come together to celebrate being part of the Maverick family! It's also one of the biggest events of the year for the CMU Alumni Association, when Mavs return to their alma mater to reconnect with long-time friends, see all that has changed on campus and find out about what new is on the horizon. From decorating foam fingers to Rowdy’s birthday bash to athletic competitions, Homecoming 2016 is on track to be a spirited week.

October is Mav Month in downtown Grand Junction in celebration of homecoming and is designed to welcome CMU students, their parents and alumni to the downtown area. Many downtown businesses offer specials during Mav Month. To view a list, go to .

Homecoming highlights will include the Victory Dinner to celebrate CMU’s Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Faculty and Hall of Honors inductees on Friday, Oct. 21, at 6 pm in the Meyer Ballroom, followed by the annual bonfire at 8:30 pm.

The CMU Homecoming Parade in downtown Grand Junction begins at at 2 pm on Saturday, Oct. 22, followed later by the Homecoming football game against Adams State University at 7 pm in Stocker Stadium.

The 2016 Distinguished Alumnus is Kris Paronto, ’95, one of six Central Intelligence Agency security contractors stationed near Benghazi when it was attacked by militants. The 2016 Distinguished Faculty award recipient is biology Professor Aparna Palmer, PhD, selected for exemplary teaching and her involvement on campus that includes serving as Faculty Senate president and the faculty representation on the CMU Board of Trustees.

The 2016 Hall of Honor inductees are Jeanette (Crosbie) Dahl, ’02, who played CMU volleyball from 1999 to 2002, served as captain her junior and senior years and led her team to all-conference awards; and Jamie Dunn, ’02, a CMU softball player with a long list of accolades that includes being named an All-American Scholar Athlete.

For a complete schedule of events, go to
Tickets for the Victory Dinner are $35. Homecoming Spirit Packages (weekend package) for alumni and community members are $75. Either may be purchased at

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