CMU Homecoming 2016 October 15-23
Homecoming 2016 — presented by Bank of the West — will feature the Victory Dinner, bonfire, carnival, parade, football game and much more!


Homecoming Week 2016

There is only one week each year that brings students, alumni, faculty, staff, family and friends together - Homecoming.

Celebrating 91 years of tradition, Colorado Mesa University continues to grow homecoming week. This year, homecoming week is Oct. 15-23 and includes events that should appeal to everyone in the Maverick family. 

“Really looking forward to building this tradition of homecoming,” said Jared Meier, Colorado Mesa director of alumni relations, “where alumni plan for this weekend each year and get back to the place they love and have an affinity for.” 

Mav Month returns for the second consecutive year and highlights a growing partnership between CMU and downtown Grand Junction. Many downtown businesses are offering specials throughout the month of October. For a full list of participating businesses visit Mav Month. Main Street will also be the location for the CMU homecoming parade on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2pm. The parade will feature the 155 strong Maverick stampede, floats and recently restored Ol’ Jimmy.

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 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 representative 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.

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.

Other highlights for the week include the undefeated Maverick football team versus Adams State University, when alumni can visit the new alumni zone in the south end zone, bonfire and carnival.

New this year is the Spirit package for $75 and includes the Victory Dinner and tickets to a number of other homecoming events.

“This package is attractive because people can see much more,” Meier said. “Included is the victory dinner, which we also brought back for this year to honor some really good inductees.”

Homecoming 2016 is going to be fun, spirited and a chance for the entire Maverick family to reconnect. This year's festivities are presented in partnership with Bank of the West. 

Find a full list of Homecoming activities here

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