CMU celebrates Homecoming 2017

Colorado Mesa University will kick-off a week full of activities for students, alumni and community member on Saturday, Oct. 21, as it celebrates Homecoming 2017, presented by Bank of the West.

Homecoming is 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 as Mavs return to their alma mater to reconnect with long-time friends, see all that has changed on campus and learn about what new is on the horizon. 

From celebrating at Rowdy’s birthday bash to a new spirit contest on social media and a multitude of athletic competitions, Homecoming 2017 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 .

Activities kick-off on Saturday, Oct. 21, with a CMU Alumni Association beer garden in Clock Court at Mesa Mall from 11 am to 4 pm. The beer garden is also part of the mall’s Fall Festival.

Other Homecoming highlights will include the Victory Dinner to celebrate CMU’s Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Faculty and Hall of Honors inductees on Friday, Oct. 27, at 5:30 pm in the Meyer Ballroom, followed by the annual bonfire at 8:15 pm. Tickets for the Victory Dinner are $35 and available at

The 2017 Distinguished Alumni are Al Ruckman, a civil engineer who founded GeoStabilization International and Robert “Bob” Strong, a retired aviation engineer who has traveled the world.
This year’s Hall of Honoree inductees are Sean Van Elderen, Kurt Kissner and Stacey Vogel Schmitt. Van Elderen was a Mesa baseball All-American in 2005 and 2006. The San Francisco Giants drafted him in 2006. Kissner was on the 2007 All-American football team and a defensive end on a Mesa team that went to the playoffs. Schmitt is among the top volleyball players in Mesa’s history, a three-time team captain who earned All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, all-region and third-team All-American honors.
Distinguished Faculty Gigi Richard, PhD, is a geology professor who earned her degrees in civil engineering. In addition to performing her teaching duties admirably, she was instrumental in starting the CMU-CU Boulder partnership for the mechanical and civil engineering programs. She also contributed greatly to the creation and operations of the Ruth Powell Hutchins Water Center at CMU.

New this year is the Mav Out Spirit Contest on Friday, when all Mavericks — students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and friends of the institution — show their school spirit by wearing CMU gear or colors. This year, participants may win a gift card to The Maverick Store by showing their Maverick pride using social media.

They may post a photo of themselves in their best CMU gear on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the tag @ColoradoMesaU and the hashtag #MavOutFriday. Winners will be announced on CMU’s FB, Twitter and Instagram that afternoon. First prize is a $100 gift card to The Maverick Store. Second and third place will each receive a $50 gift card, which may be used in-store or online at

The CMU Homecoming Parade in downtown Grand Junction begins at 10am on Saturday, Oct. 28, followed at noon by the Homecoming football game against New Mexico Highlands University in Stocker Stadium.

For a complete schedule of events, go to

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