Sept. 26, 2007
Morningside College’s returning alumni will have the opportunity to see the recent campus improvement projects when the college celebrates Homecoming 2007 “Taste of Morningside,” Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-7.
Morningside has invested $15 million in campus improvements that are taking place between the fall of 2006 and spring of 2008, and most of the improvements have been completed.
A Morningside volleyball match will take place in the completely renovated Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center-Allee Gym, class reunions will be held in the Yockey Family Community Room in the renovated first floor of the Olsen Student Center, and campus tours will showcase Lags Hall, the Jensen Softball Complex, and a glimpse of the Hilker Campus Green Space, which is scheduled for completion by May of 2008.
“With these new facilities comes renewed fervor in celebrating the rich history and traditions of Morningside College,” said Gene Ambroson, Director of Alumni Relations. “Morningside has a flavor all its own, and for the second time in as many years, we will celebrate the uniqueness of Morningside by hosting the ‘Taste of Morningside’ celebration after the Mustangs’ football game against Hastings College on Saturday.”
Last year’s Homecoming featured a food festival featuring favorites from local vendors accompanied by live music from The Magnificent Board of Directors. Both events are back this year and will take place on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot across the street from Dimmitt Hall at the intersection of Peters Avenue and South Paxton Street. A fireworks display will follow the food festival.
The food festival will feature Bob Roe’s Point After buffalo wings, Charlie Boy taverns from Miles Inn, pizza from Jerry’s Pizza, Tastee Inn & Out’s onion chips, hot dogs and hamburgers from Coney Island, Sneaky’s chicken, Boss Hog BBQ, and ice cream treats from Well’s Blue Bunny. Tickets can be purchased at registration or at the event at the price of $1 per ticket. Venders will determine the number of tickets needed per food or beverage item.
The Magnificent Board of Directors, inducted into the Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, is a Siouxland-based 10-piece band featuring four horns, a rhythm section, lead guitar, keyboards, and lead vocalist. They perform the hits of Chicago, James Brown, Van Morrison, the Blues Brothers, and classic hits from the 1960s and 1970s. Morningside alumni Joel Orthman, Dave Snakenberg, Kevin Linder, and Mike Guntren are all members of the group.
The Homecoming alumni weekend will feature special reunion events for the classes of 1947, 1957, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, and 1997. In addition, there will be reunions for members of Morningside’s football teams from 1948 to 1956, members of Morningside’s wrestling teams from 1962 to 1978, the Acacia Fraternity, and Student Ambassadors.
The student’s Homecoming Coronation and Talent Show will take place Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Avenue. The event is open to the public and free of charge.
An alumni art exhibit will be on display in the Eppley Art Gallery, 3625 Garretson Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
A concert featuring Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans and desert sponsored by Dairy Queen will take place on Friday at 8:30 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium. Other Friday events include an all-college reception at the Spoonholder Café in the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center, 1601 Morningside Avenue; class reunion dinners for the classes of 1947, 1957, and 1982 at 6:30 p.m. in the Yockey Family Community Room of the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Avenue; reunion gatherings for the football and wrestling teams at 6:30 p.m. at the Marina Inn, 4th & B Streets, South Sioux City, Neb.; and reunion gatherings for the Acacia Fraternity, Student Ambassadors, and the classes of 1972, 1967, 1977, 1987, and 1997 at Mac Behr’s on Historic Fourth Street.
Saturday events include the “Taste of Morningside” food festival and live music by The Magnificent Board of Directors; campus tours departing from Eppley Auditorium from 9 a.m. to noon.; a 5K (3.2 mile) Wellness Fun Walk/Run at Elwood Olsen Stadium and around the Morningside campus at 8 a.m.; the M-Club Brunch at 11 a.m. in the Yockey Family Community Room of the Olsen Student Center; a volleyball match between Morningside and Doane College at 11 a.m. in the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center-Allee Gym, 3415 Peters Avenue; Morningside’s Homecoming football game against Hastings College at 2 p.m. at Elwood Olsen Stadium; and the fireworks display.
The annual Homecoming worship services will be at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday at Grace United Methodist Church, 1735 Morningside Avenue.
Reservations are required for Friday’s class reunion dinner and football and wrestling gatherings and can be made by calling (712) 274-5107. Costs are $15 for the class reunion dinner and $25 for the reunion gatherings. Admission prices for the volleyball match are $6 for adults and $2 for students K-12 and are available at the gate. Ticket prices for the football game are $6 for adults and $2 for students K-12 and are available at the gate. Reservations are also required for the M-Club Brunch and can be made by calling (712) 274-5192. Cost is $11 if reservations are made by Sept. 28 and $15 at the door. The Wellness Fun Walk/Run is sponsored by Morningside’s Wellness Committee and is open to alumni, friends, and children. Entry fee is $10.
For more information on these and other 2007 Homecoming events, please call the Alumni office at (712) 274-5107.