University of the Ozarks has combined its annual spring Alumni Weekend and the typical fall homecoming into one event, the new and improved U of O Homecoming celebration, scheduled for Oct. 14-16.
The move was made so that alumni and current students would have more opportunities for interaction.
“The transition of Alumni Weekend to coincide with our students’ homecoming has been an on-going conversation for many years,” U of O Alumni Director Brett Wood said. “After much deliberation and feedback from alumni, students and friends, it has finally happened. Homecoming will give us an opportunity to combine several events where both alumni and current students can come together and participate in.”
The weekend will include numerous family-friendly events, including a Friday evening concert in downtown Clarksville featuring the Houston-based Chad Cooke Band. The concert will be preceded by performances from the University’s Cheer team and Glee Club. The events begin at 6:30 p.m. on the courthouse square.
Other events for Friday, Oct. 14, include an Alumni Golf Tournament at the Clarksville Country Club, the Professions With a Purpose panel discussion featuring several alumni at 11 a.m. in Walker Hall, a Raku Workshop presented by the art department from 2-4 p.m. in the Walton Fine Arts Center, and a University Theatre production of “True West” at 7:30 p.m. in the Walton Fine Arts Center.
On Saturday, the highlights include a Halloween Concert Preview by the University Singers at 10:30 a.m. in Munger-Wilson Chapel, a Homecoming pre-game tailgate picnic at the soccer fields beginning at 12:30 p.m., men’s and women’s soccer matches against Belhaven University starting at 1 p.m., a 10th Anniversary of project Poet event at 6 p.m. in Munger-Wilson Chapel, and a Full-Moon 5K and One-Mile Fun Run at the university’s cross country course next to Walmart at 7 p.m. There will also be various alumni athletic games going on throughout the weekend.
“We hope Homecoming is a the start of a wonderful new tradition of alumni and current students coming together to celebrate our alumni, current students and the University,” Wood said. “We also want to celebrate our connection with the Clarksville community and we hope that people in the community come out and take part in the events as well.”
All of the events are open to the public. For more information or to register, please visit www.ozarks.edu/Homecoming or contact the Alumni Office at 979-1234.