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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Northwest's First Family

Northwest's First Family, (from left) Matt, Leah, John, Denise, Lucas and Joe Jasinski, will serve as this year's Homecoming parade grand marshals.

Sept. 29, 2009

Homecoming '09 highlights include inauguration, parade, football

Homecoming float

Floats, bands and clowns make their way down Fourth Street during the 2008 Northwest Homecoming parade.

Northwest students, alumni and friends of the University will celebrate this year's Homecoming while carrying out the theme "Be a Kid Again."

A week's worth of Homecoming events are highlighted Saturday, Oct. 24, with the annual parade through central Maryville followed by Bearcat football against the Washburn University Ichabods.

This year's parade begins at 9 a.m. in front of Roberta Hall on University Drive. From Roberta Hall, the Homecoming parade will proceed south to the main University entrance at Fourth Street then continue east on Fourth Street to Main. The parade will cross Main Street onto the square, ending at Fourth and Market streets. There will be a "family friendly" viewing area set up on campus near the intersection of University Drive and Fourth Street where bleachers will be provided. The Homecoming Welcome prior to the parade, with free refreshments, begins at 8 a.m. at the Alumni House.

This year's parade grand marshals are Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski, First Lady Denise Jasinski and their children, Matt, Joe, Leah and Lucas. Grand marshals are selected by the three University students who serve on the Homecoming Committee's Executive Board.

Businesses, groups and individuals not affiliated with the University who would like to participate in the parade should contact Angel McAdams Prescott at 660.562.1226 or . The entry deadline is 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4.

Kickoff for the football game at Bearcat Stadium is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., and pregame Bearcat Zone tailgating activities begin at 11:30 a.m. in College Park.

In accordance with longstanding Northwest tradition, there will be no classes Friday, Oct. 23, known as Walkout Day. The day will be filled with activities surrounding President Jasinski's inauguration. The president's installation ceremony begins at 10:15 a.m. in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts followed by open houses and academic showcases from noon to 2 p.m. in Colden Hall, Everett W. Brown Education Hall, Hudson and Perrin Halls and the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. Inauguration festivities continue with a 2 p.m. flag-raising ceremony at the Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza, a 3:30 p.m. renovation dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Valk Center and a 4 p.m. Grand Reception in the Administration Building. All inauguration events are free and open to the public.

Friday's events also include the ringing of the Bell of '48 at 8:30 a.m. just south of the Administration Building; the Golden Years Society Reunion honoring the class of 1959, which begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Alumni House; the Student Activities Council's Walkout Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. near Colden Pond; the Homecoming Golf Classic at noon at Mozingo Lake Golf Course; and the M-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, with its new format that is free and open to the public, at 7 p.m. in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.

The Homecoming student Variety Show begins its two-night run at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Crowning of 2009 Homecoming royalty will follow at about 9 p.m. The Variety Show also begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the same location. Cost is $5 for orchestra seating, $3 for balcony.

Homecoming 2009 activities end Sunday, Oct. 25, with a 1 p.m. awards ceremony in Charles Johnson Theater.

For a complete schedule of Homecoming 2009 activities and events, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468