JOPLIN, Mo. —
Homecoming at Missouri Southern State University gives tributes to its heroes and names award winners for 2013.
The theme of this year's event is "Be a Hero." Events include a football game, parade, theater performance and several meals.
2013 Outstanding Alumni
Rob Roy Ratliff, '47, a graduate of Joplin Junior College, and Mike Osborne, '76, a graduate of MSSC, were named as Outstanding Alumni for 2013. Other award winners include:
- Lion-Hearted Award: Don and Gloria LaFerla.
- Hall of Fame Inductees: Yancy McKnight, '01; Seth Isringhausen, '03; Bryce Darnell, '97; and Stacy (Harter) Smith, '03.
- Outstanding Professors Recipients: David M. Smith and R. Ree Wells-Lewis.
- Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching: Terry Marion.
- Superior Service Awards Recipients: Jack Berry, Dallas Correll, Janette Van De Mark ('00), Al Stadler ('02,) Melissa Forsythe and Letitia Grimsley, ('83).
Homecoming events today and Saturday include the following. For information on any of the activities, contact the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center at 417-659-5466 or visit www.mssu.edu/alumni.
- ¥ 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Campus picnic, MSSU Oval. Admission: $6, free for MSSU campus community.
- ¥ Noon: Royalty coronation, MSSU Oval.
- ¥ 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: All Alumni Reception, Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center. Business attire. Cost: $10, $8 for alumni association members.
- ¥ 9:30 a.m.: Lion Pride Brunch, Connor Ballroom in Billingsly Student Center. Casual game-day attire. Cost: $10, $8 for alumni association members.
- ¥ 11:30 a.m.: Homecoming parade.
- ¥ 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Pre-game tailgate, Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center. Sponsored by the MSSU Alumni Association.
- ¥ 1:30 p.m.: Pre-game ceremonies, Fred G. Hughes Stadium.
- ¥ 2 p.m.: Kickoff, MSSU Lions vs. Lindenwood Lions. Reserved seating for reunion groups. Tickets: $5 (available only through Alumni Office).
- ¥ 6 p.m.: Honors Reunion Dinner, Keltoi Winery, 17705 County Road 260, Oronogo. Business casual attire. Cost: $16.
- ¥ 6 p.m.: Theatre Department reunion dinner and performance, Bud Walton Theatre. Business casual attire. Tickets: $10.
- ¥ 7 p.m.: Joplin Junior College Reunion, Connor Ballroom in Billingsly Student Center. Cost: $10.