Thursday, October 13, 2011

100 Years of Homecoming (final installment...for now!)

(2005 Savitar) The annual 5k run/walk takes off.

2000- Mizzou continued the tradition of using Homecoming celebration as a platform for social change. The blood drive collected a total of 5,166 units. According to Homecoming 2000 recap published in Alumnus Magazine, this was enough blood to benefit 15,498 patients. Additionally, university students collected 50,000 boxes of macaroni and cheese to donate to the Central Missouri Food Bank, built a house for Habitat for Humanity, and the annual 5k raised more than $2,400 for Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations. 

(2003 Savitar) MU alumna Sheryl Crow greets football fans.
2003- Alumna Sheryl Crow returns home to her Alma mater to act as Homecoming Grand Marshal.

(2005 Savitar) Students perform at the third annual Black Family Reunion on Homecoming weekend.


2010- Homecoming morning, an estimated 18,000 Mizzou fans went wild on camera for ESPN’s GameDay live broadcast from the Francis Quadrangle. Mizzou attendees managed to oust GameDay’s previous attendance record of 15,800, which was set by University of Nebraska fans. To top it all off, the Tigers toppled the Oklahoma Sooners, who were the then no.1 ranked team!

(2010) ESPN Game Day comes to Mizzou!!!

2010- The MU Student Center was dedicated, giving Homecoming fans a new venue for celebration.

2011- This year marks Homecoming’s 100th year anniversary and Mizzou still boats the largest student-run Homecoming in the nation! As such, it is only appropriate that family members of Chester Brewer, the father of Homecoming, will serve this year as the Homecoming Grand Marshals! To celebrate the rich traditions shaped by our students, the University will be renewing the tradition of “Romp, Chomp, and Stomp!” for the centennial tailgate by featuring food and live entertainment.

Authored by Niki Eaton, PhD Student, Art History and Archaeology