McMurry University Homecoming 2015 set for October 8-11

  Gary Ellison
  Tuesday, October 6, 2015 2:30 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

 McMurry University’s Homecoming begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, October 8, 2015, with the traditional shooting of the arrow and tipi raising contest at Wah Wahtaysee Park on the corner of South 14th and Sayles Boulevard.

Several thousand Abilene and area students and families are expected to visit Tipi Village on campus from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 9, as the men’s and women’s social clubs erect authentic Native American dwellings and tell visitors about the history and culture of different tribes. There will also be special presentations by local veterinarian and falconer Dr. Mark Hitchcock featuring hawks.

Special self-guided tours for families will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday in addition to the school visits in the morning. Winners of the most authentic presentations will be announced at halftime of the McMurry-Hardin-Simmons football game on Saturday, October 10.

The Friends of the Library Lecture Series presents McMurry History Professor Dr. Gary Shanafelt speaking on Hard Copy: 500 Years of Printing in Less Than an Hour! explained with numerous images and a real, live printing press. The event is at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 8, in the Library in the Jay-Rollins Library.

An exhibition “Spirit of the Wild and the West” by Homecoming alumni artist Richard Tucker ’59 is on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday October 8-9 and from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 in the Amy Graves Ryan Gallery. A Homecoming Alumni Artist reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 9, in the Ryan Gallery.

Homecoming will continue through Sunday, Oct. 11, with a worship service at Carleton Chapel in the Garrison Campus Center featuring guest preacher McMurry alumna Rev. Melissa Madara ’04.

A complete schedule of Homecoming 2015 events can be found at:

Press Contact

Gary Ellison